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Hurricane Florence Tracker: Path Narrows, Forecast to 'Stall'

Hurricane Florence Tracker: Path Narrows, Forecast to 'Stall'

Florence is now heading for ocean water with surface temperatures of around 85 degrees, meaning it will likely strengthen on its way to the East Coast.

Hurricane Florence, the monster Category 3 storm taking aim at the North and SC coastline, is expected to make landfall by the end of this week and bring with it devastating wind, rain and storm surge.

Florence will likely strike the East Coast with life-threatening storm surge, destructive winds and massive inland rainfall flooding. Stormhunters Jaclyn Whittal and Mark Robinson will be LIVE in the Carolinas with the latest.

An executive order from the Myrtle Beach City Manager says no one can go into the ocean as Hurricane Florence approaches.

Sound unlikely? It's the same model that accurately predicted that last year's Hurricane Harvey, which also stalled over land, would drop 60 inches.

The centre of Florence, a Category 2 hurricane, will approach the coasts of North and SC today, the NHC said, adding that it was expected to weaken after it moved inland.

People who thought they were safe from the onslaught of Hurricane Florence began boarding up and Georgia's governor declared a state of emergency Wednesday as uncertainty over the path of the monster storm spread worry along the Southeastern coast.

"This is going to be the largest deployment in the Carolinas, 20,000 from Carolina, Florida and Texas and 1.3 million will lost power during this event", Duke Energy spokesperson Jeff Brooks said. North and SC and Virginia declared emergencies earlier in the week.

Hours later, Mr Trump approved emergency declarations for both coastal states, a move allowing the release of federal funds and equipment to help protection and recovery efforts.

At 8:00 pm (0000 GMT), the eye of the storm was 335 miles (540 kms) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving northwest at 16 mph (26 kph).

The fire department in Carolina Beach was sounding one final alarm Wednesday, urging residents to evacuate the island before Hurricane Florence makes landfall.

"We are uniquely positioned to establish a quick ad-hoc supply chain to support relief efforts", said Bettina Stix, an Amazon veteran credited with developing DRbA.

Residents are running out of time to evacuate before Hurricane Florence roars in to North and SC bringing potentially deadly flooding, officials warn. All seven of North Carolina's ferry routes were shut down.


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