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14 September 2018, 08:21 | Dale Webster
NOAA National Hurricane Center
Hurricane watches are posted for much of the South and North Carolina coasts and up to southern Virginia
Hurricane and storm watches were issued for the entire coast of North Carolina on Tuesday morning and for parts of the SC coast including Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Wilmington.
Florence was about 405 miles south of Bermuda and its center was forecast to move between Bermuda and the Bahamas through Wednesday, before approaching the coast of North Carolina or SC on Thursday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its 8:00 am (1200 GMT) advisory.
"Cotton is probably the most vulnerable crop from this storm", McIntosh says.
A warm ocean is the fuel that powers hurricanes, and Florence will be moving over waters where temperatures are peaking near 30C, hurricane specialist Eric Blake wrote.
One such adjustment, the governor announced, was the cancellation of mandatory evacuations for three coastal counties from Monday's executive order.
The U.S. Coast Guard closed ports in Wilmington and Morehead City, North Carolina and Hampton Roads, Virginia to inbound vessels greater than 500 tons and was requiring vessels of that size to leave if they did not have permission to be in the ports.
The Category 4 storm's approach led to a series of schedule adjustments Tuesday for teams in the Carolinas and Virginia. Even if you've ridden out storms before, this one is different. "Don't bet your life on riding out a monster".
He cited forecasts showing Florence was likely to stall over North Carolina, "bringing days and days of rain".
The 8 a.m. forecast changes the storm surge watch for the eastern United States, with the worst impact, a surge of up to 12 feet, expected on a stretch from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout in North Carolina. "Everyone was sold out", she said.
Two years ago, more than a million poultry birds died when floodwaters from Hurricane Matthew covered areas across central and eastern North Carolina.
The National Hurricane Center said Tuesday morning that Florence is moving toward the west-northwest near 15 miles per hour (24 kmh) and the storm will continue a slight increase in speed during the next couple of days.
NHC forecasts showed the effects of Florence would be widely felt, with tropical storm-force winds extending almost 300 miles across three states.
A hurricane watch is now in effect for Edisto Beach South Carolina to the North Carolina-Virginia border as well as Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, including the Neuse and Pamlico rivers, the NHC said.
Florence was expected to blow ashore late Thursday or early Friday, then slow down and wring itself out for days, unloading 30cm to to 76cm of rain that could cause flooding well inland and wreak environmental havoc by washing over industrial waste sites and pig farms.
Utilities deployed crews and gear in advance, with workers en route to the region from at least 15 states, according to trade group, the Edison Electric Institute. Officials are urging residents in coastal and low-lying areas to prepare for strong winds, a deep storm surge and a very prolonged deluge of rainfall. One power station, Duke Energy Corp's Brunswick plant, the closest to the area where landfall is forecast, faced a likely shutdown as a precaution.
Florence could be only the second Category 4 storm to pummel the Carolinas since 1800, when record-keeping began. A hospital in Hampton, Virginia, was transferring patients to safer places.
However, with the Florence making landfall in the the Carolinas, it is expected to cause prices to increase and fluctuate.
President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC, facilitating federal help, and cancelled campaign events Thursday and Friday, citing the storm.
"We are sparing no expense".
Last year, there were 17 named storms. Some 3,000 people died in the aftermath of that storm.
Boeing Co suspended work on Tuesday at the SC plant where it assembles 787 widebody jetliners, and a Volvo automobile plant in South Carolina's evacuation zone was also closed, company officials said. Get to the grocery store. "We don't know exactly where the center will go, but it's not really relevant". "What is flooding going to do to our home, our city?" Farmers will be using the next several days to prepare for the storm, he said.
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