Search-and-rescue team from Maryland heads to SC before storm

Posted September 13, 2018

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.

Axios: "The ties between Hurricane Florence and climate change" - "Hurricane Florence is a unique Atlantic hurricane, projected to stall out after hitting land and forecast to dump upwards of 2 feet of rain on several states, much like Hurricane Harvey did in Texas a year ago".

There are no plans to make up the game, although USC "will look for an opportunity to play a 12th regular season game" at some point this season, according to the school. It's big and it's vicious.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, concerned the storm would bring its devastation south, issued an emergency declaration for all 159 counties in the state.

Regardless of where the storm ultimately lands in the Carolinas, the Southeastern U.S.is due for potentially unprecedented rainfall and violent surges of ocean water.

The shift in the projected track had areas that once thought they were out of range anxious.

As Florence churned across the Atlantic packing winds of 205km/h, President Donald Trump and state officials stepped up appeals to residents in the path of the monster storm to evacuate before it is too late.

"We've had our lessons".

"Today is the time to get your preparedness actions complete", he said.

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Not strictly national security , but certainly indicative of a national emergency: Trump's lawyer told him, "Don't testify". Woodward concludes the call by saying "I believe in our country, and because you're our president, I wish you good luck".

The National Hurricane Center measured wind speeds of over 50 mph 100 miles out from Florence's center.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm was expected to hover along the southern edge of the North Carolina coast from Thursday night until making landfall Saturday morning.

"This storm is going to get stronger before it makes landfall", CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said. There are more to come.

A National Weather Service forecaster in Wilmington, North Carolina, said: 'This will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast.

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".

Mr Graham said the Pamlico and Neuse rivers in North Carolina will see their flows "reversed" as storm surges push water back inland.

Boeing Co suspended work on Tuesday at the SC plant where it assembles 787 widebody jetliners, and a Volvo automobile plant in South Carolina's evacuation zone was also closed, company officials said. Most other beachgoers were long done.

It is predicted to stall even more off the coast of the Carolinas before scraping down the United States east coast and moving inland before the weekend. "You feel like you should have already left".

To hasten evacuations from coastal SC, officials reversed the flow of traffic on some highways so all major roads led away from shore.

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