'Life-threatening' Hurricane Florence closes in on United States east coast

Dangerous’ Hurricane Florence threatens at least 5 million people

According to CNN, Florence's center will approach the coasts of North and SC late Thursday and Friday, with the actual landfall expected to come on Friday afternoon.

According to Storyful, the video was shot at the Fish Heads Bar & Grill pier in Nags Head. The National Weather Service Thursday issued a flash flood watch for the Columbia area starting Friday morning through Sunday night.

The winds of Hurricane Florence weakened as the storm prepared to hit the U.S. East Coast, but forecasters warn the storm's overall size and its ability to push ashore a storm surge while dropping tremendous amounts of rain make it a threat to the lives of those in its path. Tropical Storm Isaac is forecast to approach the Lesser Antilles Islands on Thursday.

AccuWeather Founder and President Dr. Joel N. Myers said: "AccuWeather estimates that Hurricane Florence will cause $30-60 billion in economic impact and damage".

Sandbags surround homes on North Topsail Beach, N.C., September 12, 2018, as Hurricane Florence threatens the coast.

Abrams says he expects Hurricane Florence to bring 10 to 20 inches of rain in most places and that the Carolinas can expect extensive flooding.

Forecasts generally project Florence to make landfall in southeastern North Carolina on Friday as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane. It will then move along the "spine of the Appalachians".

The National Weather Service is forecasting "significant" river flooding, especially in the northeastern portion of the state. Florence has weakened a bit over the past 24 hours, but it has also grown larger and will likely dump torrential rain over North and SC through Monday.

More than 1,200 USA airline flights scheduled for Thursday and Friday have been canceled, according to the flight-tracking service FlightAware.

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Federal Emergency Management Agency associate administrator Jeff Byard said: "This is not going to be a glancing blow. A police vehicle patrols the beach ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina , U.S.

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As many as 1.5 million people are believed to live within mandatory evacuation zones.

The storm would be expected to die out by Wednesday, Ms Smith said. The actual landfall - when the center of the eye reaches land - will be Friday afternoon at the earliest, said Neil Jacobs of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Forecasters predict the storm surge from Hurricane Florence could top 13 feet, enough to send water a half mile inland.

A few of the high-resolution images show the towering walls of the eye of the storm where things are ever so much calmer than they are near the wall of the eye. But Hill said many residents still remained in their homes, possibly hoping to ride out the hurricane.

With the ground already saturated from recent rain, another drenching from Florence combined with winds could easily lead to trees being uprooted and widespread power outages, he said.

"They told me to bring a pillow and blanket", Whisler said. Hurricane Helene is veering toward Europe.

Energy companies have also warned that the storm could knock out power for the foreseeable future in some areas.

In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate including from the Eastern Shore, another popular beachfront destination.

The simplest, most common metric for the measurement of a storm's intensity is maximum wind speed, and certainly this matters in terms of pure destructive potential when it comes to, say, losing a roof or propelling debris through the air.

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