Sea water was already surging ashore along the Outer Banks, washing over roads. "Don't plan to leave once the winds and rains start". We will have tropical storm force winds and rain and storm surge continues to be our main concern with extreme flooding.
"A city can't handle that amount of rain", said Kaplan.
While the storm has since weakened, a storm surge of more than 12-feet and almost 30-inches of rain is still expected. "Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles (315 km)". Aldrich and his wife, who are in MA, just spoke with an older couple who didn't want to evacuate their home on the Outer Banks.
What is the latest on the storm?A Category 2 storm means winds of 96-110 miles per hour; a Category 3 storm means 111-129 miles per hour. More than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out. The rainfall will cause prolonged significant river flooding.
A storm surge watch is in effect for Edisto Beach South Carolina to the North Carolina-Virginia border and Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, including the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers.
Airlines cancelled almost 1,000 flights and counting.
On the James River, waves are expected to be about 1 foot though Sunday.
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for.
If a hurricane warning has been issued for your area, find safe shelter immediately, and evacuate if told.
Here is the newest information on Tropical Storm Florence as it lands on the East Coast.
A buoy off the North Carolina coast recorded waves almost 30 feet (9 meters) high as Florence churned toward shore.
"Floodwaters may enter numerous structures, and some may become uninhabitable or washed away", the Weather Service warned. The National Weather Center upgraded Subtropical Storm Joyce to Tropical Storm Joyce in its 11 p.m. Thursday update. We probably will be getting heavy winds and rain for the next few days.
"Well-constructed frame homes could sustain major roof and siding damage". Once the heavy rain reaches Charlotte, periods of heavy downpours are expected to last several days.
Outside this zone of destructive winds, damaging winds are still likely, even some distance inland from the coast, which would lead to minor structural damage, downed trees and widespread power outages.
"Many of the people here have never seen a storm this strong".
A slow motion across portions of eastern SC is forecast Friday night through Saturday night.Data from the aircraft and Doppler weather radars indicate that maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 105 miles per hour with higher gusts.
Flight cancellations began on Wednesday, with hundreds of flights affected through to at least Friday and likely into the weekend as well. Reacting to the possibility of a more southerly track, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared an emergency but did not immediately order any evacuations. But then they gradually diverge.
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