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Hurricane Florence evacuations expand, with 'disaster at doorstep'

Chuck Burton  APSand bags surround homes on North Topsail Beach N.C. Sept. 12 2018 as Hurricane Florence threatens the coast Chuck Burton APSand bags surround homes on North Topsail Beach N.C. Sept. 12 2018 as Hurricane Florence threatens the coast
Kristine Garrett | 13 September, 2018, 15:40

Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm but it is still considered an extremely unsafe and life-threatening storm.

It is located about 280 miles (450 kilometers) east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its update on Thursday morning at 7am BST (2am EST).

The storm's maximum sustained winds were clocked at 120 miles per hour (193 km per hour), down from a peak of 140 mph a day earlier before Florence was downgraded from a Category 4. And the more it hovers just off shore - a distinct possibility - the more potentially deadly storm surge it pushes on-shore.

Residents near coastal areas have been given evacuation warnings, although Raleigh is a bit inland so Weaver and her family are going to remain at home to wait out the storm. What makes this hurricane extremely unsafe are the deadly storm surges, mammoth coastal flooding and historic rainfall expected far inland.

"We'll handle it. We're ready, we're able".

A satellite image shows Hurricane Florence looming in the Atlantic Ocean as the sun rises over the U.S. Florence is expected to bring tropical storm conditions to North Carolina and SC on Thursday and hurricane conditions on Friday.

At the time of this writing, Florence is moving toward the eastern U.S. at 15 miles per hour (24 km/h) with a decrease in forward speed.

Saturday's scheduled game between SC and Marshall has been canceled.

The closer the center passes to us, the more rain & wind we'll see, the farther away the center tracks, the less rain & wind we'll see.

By contrast, North Carolina has said it is evacuating hundreds of prisoners from prisons and county jails before the storm, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Duke Energy, the nation's No. 2 power company, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks. You're going to be displaced from your home in the coastal areas.

Mr Graham said the Pamlico and Neuse rivers in North Carolina will see their flows "reversed" as storm surges push water back inland.

Florence will be, in all likelihood, the most intense storm to strike the region in at least 25 years, since Hugo.

About 300,000 people have been evacuated from South Carolina, McMaster said.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal issued an emergency declaration for all 159 counties in his state.

TRACKING FLORENCE: Stay with The Weather Network online and on T.V. for our exclusive coverage of the storm.

"This is a very risky hurricane", Mr McMaster said, adding that the evacuation order for coastal counties was "mandatory, not voluntary". "It's going to destroy homes", said Jeff Byard, an official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "Everyone was sold out", she said.

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