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'Monster' storm Florence: What you need to know

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Kristen Harrington | 14 September, 2018, 06:28

In the meantime, "treat the inland flooding just as seriously as you would the storm surge", said Clark.

Brock, meanwhile, said the surges "are going to be a major problem way up into the streams and tributaries that come out of sound areas". "Flooding is nearly guaranteed".

Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind, and the rain and storm surge will make Florence extremely unsafe.

The storm, which is expected to be one of the biggest to ever hit North Carolina, South Carolina and parts of Virginia, should be making landfall sometime this weekend.

The coastal surge from Florence could leave the eastern tip of North Carolina under more than 9ft of water in spots, projections showed.

Steve Goldstein of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Florence's forward motion had slowed overnight and it was not expected to make landfall in the Carolinas until "sometime Friday afternoon, Friday evening or Saturday morning". "If this blows at 120 mph for four hours, ... you lose a shingle every two minutes, and all of the sudden, you've lost your whole roof after four hours", Myers said.

He added: "This is a very risky storm".

Hurricane Florence is predicted to creep across the coast from North Carolina to SC, drenching a wide area after making landfall late Thursday or early Friday.

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Abrams says he expects Hurricane Florence to bring 10 to 20 inches of rain in most places and that the Carolinas can expect extensive flooding. Storm surge is why many of you have been placed under evacuation and we are asking citizens to please heed a warning.

As of 6:00AM AEST, the hurricane force winds have arrived.

Slower storms a thing of the future? "It's chilling, even from space", said Gerst.

"I'm staying. The building's solid and Buddha will protect us", she told AFP news agency.

Mayor Joe Benson said the storm will batter the oceanside town through two high-tide periods.

"We're a good community up there".

Even though Florence has weakened to a Category 2 system with winds of 165 kilometers per hour, forecasters say the storm remains a destructive force.

Ferry service from North Carolina's Bald Head Island already has stopped.

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Other top officials involved in last year's hurricane season , including Long and Nielsen, also remain in place. Henry McMaster ordered the mandatory evacuation of the state's coastline beginning at noon Tuesday.

Wilmington resident Julie Terrell said she was concerned after walking to breakfast past a row of shops fortified with boards, sandbags and hurricane shutters.

Avair Vereen, 39, took her seven children to a shelter in Conway High School.

"He is the only caregiver to me and my son", Browning said.

There was also concern over crops. Will Epperson, a 36-year-old golf course assistant superintendent, said he and his wife had planned to ride out the storm at their home in Hampstead, North Carolina, but reconsidered due to its ferocity.

A line of heavy traffic moved away from the coast on Interstate 40, the main route between the port city of Wilmington, North Carolina, and inland Raleigh. More than one million people had been ordered to evacuate the coasts of North and SC and Virginia and thousands moved to emergency shelters, officials said.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency warned that storm surge watches and warnings are in effect Wednesday for the entire North Carolina coast and parts of SC.

In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate.

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Several million people could lose power by the time Florence sloshes its way through the state. "If it's my time to go, I'll go". If the storm makes landfall as a Category 2 , these winds will be damaging, sustained at up to 160km/h or so with higher gusts.

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