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Hurricane Hunters flying into Florence as it heads for the Carolinas

16 September 2018

"We're reinforcing environmental controls and stabilization measures at our worksites, and we will continue monitoring them closely throughout the week".

"We hope to have something left when we get home", she said.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, concerned the storm would bring its devastation south, issued an emergency declaration for all 159 counties in his state.

Tropical storm-force winds extended 195 miles (315 kilometers) from Florence's center, and hurricane-force winds reached out 70 miles (110 kilometers). In the event of a shutdown, Duke will decide when to restart the facilities following the storm based on the damage sustained to area transmission lines. It's a big one, maybe as big was they've seen, and tremendous amounts of water.

And while take-offs aboard the Gulfstream 4 aircraft are smooth, once they enter a hurricane it's intense, and the flights last for eight hours.

Virginia Natural Gas, one of four natural gas distribution companies of Southern Company Gas, also was closely monitoring the progress of Florence and on Wednesday was implementing its emergency response plan. It pushed natural gas demand down about 2% (roughly 1 Bcf/d) below pre-storm levels, according to Genscape Inc. The planes fly for between eight and 12 hours at a time, using an array of equipment to study wind strength (by dropping Global Positioning System instruments through the clouds), ocean temperature, and more.

On Sept. 11, 2017, 6.1 million customers in Florida, 59% of the state, had lost power.

By Saturday, total rainfall could accumulate to 30 inches (76 centimeters) - or even 40 inches in places - in parts of the Carolinas and Virginia, the NHC said. The trend is "exceptionally bad news", said University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy, since it "smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge".

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The storm surge, or wind-driven seawater, poses a huge danger, FEMA Administrator Brock Long warned on ABC's "Good Morning America". REUTERS/Randall HillGordon Roberts works to prepare his oceanfront home ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, U.S. September 12, 2018. More than a million people were under evacuation orders in the eastern United States Tuesday, where powerful Hurricane Florence threatened catastrophic damage to a region popular with vacationers and home to crucial government institutions.

Wilmington, North Carolina, just north of where the hurricane is expected to come ashore, was sunny around midday on Wednesday as the town appeared to be emptying.

"A storm with the track of Florence is unprecedented".

"So right now, we're thinking it's going to be tropical-storm-force conditions for the Beaufort area, but I would not rule out the potential for hurricane force winds or hurricane force conditions for Beaufort County".

Masters said there's a tug-of-war between two clear skies high pressure systems - one off the coast and one over MI - and the more the Great Lakes one wins, the more southerly Florence will be.

That's a half-generation of people moving to coastal areas in search of jobs, retirement, or lifestyle - many of whom had never experienced a hurricane before or didn't remember how destructive they can be.

While many coastal residents heeded mandatory evacuation orders, others boarded up homes and businesses and chose to courageous the storm, which is forecast to trigger severe flash flooding as it dumps as many as three feet (almost a meter) of rain in some areas.

Hurricane Hunters flying into Florence as it heads for the Carolinas