How are you preparing for Hurricane Florence? And that's just the prelude to untold days of misery.
Florence is about 644 kilometres wide and it's winds have dropped from a peak of 225 km/h to 165 km/h, reducing the hurricane from a terrifying Category 4 to a Category 2. "It's a big one", he said at the White House.
Oddly, the closer Hurricane Florence gets to land, the murkier its future gets. Downpours and flooding would be especially severe, lasting for days, if the storm stalls over land. The National Hurricane Center is calling for 20 to 30 inches of rain in North Carolina, with spots up to 40 inches.
Air Force General Terrence J O'Shaughnessy, head of US Command, said search and rescue is a top priority but that the magnitude of the storm may exceed the ability of rescuers.
"I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Florence", Deal said.
"It's cumulative damage", Myers said. So will the trees. The winds had been as high as 140 miles per hour earlier in the week. The storm is massive and was a Category 4 hurricane at its worst that will devastate anything it encounters. The Weather Channel reported the storm is likely to make landfall either tonight or Friday, after which it will stall over the Southeast, producing buckets of rain that could accumulate to unsafe amounts.
The storm's outer bands have reached the Wilmington region, prompting flooding in coastal communities from the hurricane's high storm surges, which forecasters said would be up to 13 feet high. Some morons will undoubtedly ignore the warnings putting rescuers at risk to get them out.
North Carolina has had this problem before. Pugh and his wife had no choice but to flee, taking with them only their dogs and a couple of bags of clothes. The orders affect 1.5 million people, though some have chosen to ignore them.
"Either no (hotel) rooms are available, or we are denied because the breed or size of dogs", she said. The more the Great Lakes one wins, the more southerly Florence will be.
And there's no way her family could afford that - or the $1,728 per room another hotel quoted. "They monitor to see which Waffle Houses are still open and it helps them judge how badly a place is damaged".
"Since my husband retired and my health declined, we have his retirement as an income". "But I think it'll be OK".
It's unclear exactly how many people evacuated, but more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out.
"Do you want to get hit with a train or do you want to get hit with a cement truck?" said Jeff Byard, an administrator with the US Federal Emergency Management Agency. Rainfalls up to 40 inches (102 centimeters) in some places are expected in a region ranging from coastal North Carolina to northeastern SC, with flash flooding likely, according to the NHC.
"This storm will bring destruction to North Carolina", Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday morning. Roughly a third of the town's residents left after the storm, according to The Fayetteville Observer.
Mayor Joe Benson said the storm will batter Carolina Beach through two high-tide periods.
Good luck to everyone in the path of the storm.
The governors of Virginia, North Carolina and SC have declared states of emergency, according to CNN.
Alexander Gerst/ESA/NASA via AP This image provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. "Watch out, America!", the tween also warned, "this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you". Hurricane Helene and Subtropical Storm Joyce were off in the Atlantic, posing no threat. Hurricane Helene is veering toward Europe. Those four storms are brewing at the same time Hurricane Olivia is pounding Hawaii.