Florence begins to batter Carolina coast — WHAT'S HAPPENING

Amazon again puts disaster relief efforts in motion as Hurricane Florence set to punish Carolina coast

As of Wednesday night, Florence's tropical storm force winds were almost 400 miles wide - or the roughly the equivalent of driving from Washington, D.C, to Charlotte, North Carolina; or from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to St. Louis; or from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

And Florence will nearly surely depress auto production in SC, where Volvo already has closed a new factory near Charleston because it's in an area under mandatory evacuation orders, said spokesman Russell Datz.

The National Hurricane Centre's best guess was that Florence would blow ashore as early as Friday afternoon around the North Carolina-South Carolina border, then push its rainy way westward with a potential for catastrophic inland flooding.

The Republican candidate for OH governor has paid for ad time on The Weather Channel as it gears up for coverage of Hurricane Florence.

"This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast", he warned. Cloud cover that could encompass multiple states.

"I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Florence", Mr Deal said. It's expected to bring tropical storm conditions and up to 5 inches of rain across the Windward Islands, Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico. Floyd produced 24 inches (61 cm) of rain in some parts of North Carolina while Florence already has dumped about 30 inches (76 cm) in areas around Swansboro, North Carolina, with more on the way.

Names are only retired "if a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of its name on a different storm would be inappropriate", according to the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration website.

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Individual membership is separated into three tiers: $3.99 for one month; $7.99 for three months and $19.99 for 12 months. The premium service was originally slated to arrive in late 2017, but was eventually pushed back by nearly a year.

'Life-threatening' Hurricane Florence closes in on United States east coast
The National Weather Service is forecasting "significant" river flooding, especially in the northeastern portion of the state. Forecasters predict the storm surge from Hurricane Florence could top 13 feet, enough to send water a half mile inland.

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Businesses across the Carolinas, Virginia and Georgia will likely suffer financial losses from the approaching storm, with ports closing, farmers moving their livestock and expected power outages that could last for weeks. But it could have been worse: Labor Day marked the end of the peak tourism season in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and other coastal getaways.

Hurricane Florence weakened late Wednesday night to a Category 2 storm.

South Carolina's most popular tourist destination is like a ghost town.

There were no immediate reports of storm-related deaths or serious injuries but more than 60 people, as well as many children and pets, had to be evacuated from a hotel in Jacksonville, North Carolina, after strong winds caused parts of the roof to collapse, local officials said.

"There is going to be a lot of rain". Combined, North and SC boast an economy bigger than Saudi Arabia's. At least two dozen utility trucks gathered near Charlotte Motor Speedway to prepare to move in and start restoring power as soon as conditions are safe. The two-lane highway is the only route to the mainland other than ferries. Unsure of what they would find when they return home, the couple went shopping for a recreational vehicle.

A long stretch of the U.S. Eastern Seaboard remained vulnerable to hurricane and tropical storm conditions, from Georgia north through the Carolinas into Virginia.

Aside from safety concerns, Atlantic Coast Conference schools face scheduling obstacles, monetary implications and bowl considerations.

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