SC won’t evacuate prison for Hurricane Florence

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The firm's prediction for Florence, which is packing 130-mile-per-hour winds, is that it will now move more slowly, reaching land sometime on Saturday as cooler water temperatures delay its progress westward.

The storm is so large, even central OH could receive rain from the system, according to the National Hurricane Center.

"This will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast", the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C., said, "and that's saying a lot given the impacts we've seen from hurricanes Diana, Hugo, Fran, Bonnie, Floyd, and Matthew".

Another resident staying put despite evacuation orders to over 1 million people throughout the Carolinas and Virginia is Jon Wright, a retired firefighter. "It's an extremely unsafe, life-threatening, historic hurricane". The city, flooded by five feet in some areas, caused more than 80 fatalities and saw 30,000 people forced from their homes.

In Columbia, South Carolina, Barry Sparks, a 66-year-old retiree, was thinking of getting out after the path of the storm shifted to the south.

"This is shaping up to be a very risky scenario, as Florence nears our coast and stalls, unprecedented, and life-threatening flooding may unfold", the National Weather Service in Wilmington, North Carolina, wrote Wednesday.

At 2:00 pm (1800 GMT), the eye of the storm was 435 miles (700 kms) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving northwest at 16 mph (26 kph).

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Graham, who has been a strong ally of Trump, issued the statement praising the Trump administration's handling of the storm ahead of its expected landfall later this week on the east coast. "I am going to stack it up on some cinder blocks and see if that will help", resident Austin Hembree said.

The coastal surge from Florence could leave the eastern tip of North Carolina under more than 9 foot of water in spots, projections showed.

Florence is forecast to dump up to three feet (almost a meter) of rain in some areas after it makes landfall in North and SC.

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The storm will slow down because of pushback from a trough - an extended area of low atmospheric pressure - now over Texas, Stacy Stewart, an NHC senior hurricane specialist, said in the update.

To hasten evacuations from coastal SC, officials reversed the flow of traffic on some highways so all major roads led away from shore. SC has an open date October 20 and also could play on December 1 if it does not qualify for the SEC Championship Game.

Even though its winds won't be quite as strong, Florence could be much worse by many other measures.

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