Still uncertainty as Hurricane Florences path moves south

Hurricane Florence churns through the Atlantic Ocean toward the U.S. East Coast on Sept. 12

Hurricane Florence churns through the Atlantic Ocean toward the U.S. East Coast on Sept. 12

This storm is heading toward North and SC late Thursday into Friday.

Updated NHC forecasts showed the storm lingering near the coast of the Carolinas, carrying days of heavy rains that could bring intense inland flooding from SC to Virginia.

At 11:00 am (1600 GMT), the eye of the storm was about 485 miles (785 kms) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving in a northwest direction at 15 mph (24 kph).

A state of emergency has been declared in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington amid concern over potential torrential rain and flooding. Parts of North Carolina could get 1 metre.

The trend is "exceptionally bad news", said University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy, since it "smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge".

"Unfortunately, Hurricane Florence is setting out to be a devastating event to the Carolinas, and potentially Virginia as well".

If anyone left out there doubts Florence's sheer capacity to wreak havoc in the coming days, this NOAA satellite image (from former NASA scientist and Professor Marshall Shepherd) should do the convincing.

Hurricane Florence is expected to start hitting the coasts of North and SC on Thursday.

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand. The Triad has around a 50% chance of having sustained Tropical Storm force winds.

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The shift south and west will encompass more of SC and western North Carolina. "Now it might be time for the exam", Baxley said late in the morning.

Hurricane Florence can be tracked via the National Hurricane Center (NHC) which gives regular updates on the path of Florence every three hours.

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

Based on the current forecast track, here is what to expect...

President Donald Trump has declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, which frees up the way for federal aid. REUTERS/Randall HillDennis Kernodle talks on the phone during storm preparations of his oceanfront home ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, U.S. September 12, 2018.

An additional 25 percent of deaths are related to rain, he said.

"Bad things can happen when you're talking about a storm this size", Trump said Wednesday morning.

Jeff Byard of the Federal Emergency Management Agency invoked a former boxing champion to warn residents that Florence would bring "a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast". We continue to let everyone know to not take this lightly.

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