Tropical Storm Florence dumped "epic" amounts of rain on North and SC as it trudged inland on Saturday, knocking out power and causing at least eight deaths as flood waters that have devastated many communities kept rising.
The hurricane's impending landfall in North Carolina has seen panic-buying at petrol stations threatening to trigger a fuel crisis in the USA state. Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said. "We just need to figure out how to make it through". "This is just a odd bird".
On Wednesday, people across the region rushed to buy bottled water and other supplies, board up their homes, pull their boats out of the water and get out of town. The more it stalls, the more it rains.
Some areas are expected to see between 20 and 30 inches of rain through early next week in the area shaded in purple in the second image above. And the more it hovers just off shore - a distinct possibility - the more potentially deadly storm surge it pushes on-shore. "While some weakening is expected to begin by late Thursday, Florence is still forecast to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane when it nears the USA coast on Friday", the NHC said in an 11 a.m.
"Any flooding issues we have today are only going to get worse", Young said.
Speaking in the Oval Office alongside Trump, FEMA administrator Brock Long said Hurricane Florence may be a "very devastating storm".
Florence is rated a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.
Deal cited the storm's "forecasted southward track" in a statement declaring a state of emergency.
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"The problem is our high, that's making a beeline towards the coast is going to break down".
That "hurricane amnesia" is why so much of the preparation for a storm emphasizes that people should follow the instructions of local emergency management officials.
He says the time to flee Hurricane Florence is now.
Computer simulations - especially the often star-performing European model - push the storm further south, even into SC and Georgia.
As Florence closes in on the U.S. East Coast, its track has shifted slightly to the south, threatening to batter a wide swath of coastline as it makes landfall near Myrtle Beach.
Private meteorologist Ryan Maue of Weathermodels.com in an email called the overnight European computer simulation "another model run for the ages".
Duke Energy, a firm that owns the two power plants, told Reuters it is preparing for Florence by removing any loose object that could cause damage when the storm hits. Tropical Storm Olivia is expected to move over Hawaii Wednesday or Thursday, KHNL reported.