Storm could slow down, pound Southeastern NC

Hurricane Florence strengthened into a Category 4 hurricane Monday afternoon

Many factors could change the path and landfall location of Hurricane Florence, forecasters say, but the models agree its intensity is expected to increase.

After Florence makes landfall, that ridge, now over Washington and NY, will move east - but be replaced by another one forming over the Great Lakes that will likely keep the storm stuck, McNoldy said. Our prayers and thoughts go to our friends, family and loyal readership in that part of our coverage area.

Three of them - Harvey, Irma and Maria - were major hurricanes that ravaged Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and many Caribbean islands. He says the biggest concern right now is for the cotton crop. Combined with high tides, the storm surge could swell as high as 12 feet.

More than 10 billion pounds of wet animal waste is produced annually in the state, according to a June 2016 report by the group, which has monitored the impact of past storms.

McIntosh notes that his peanuts are still in the field and very little of the SC peanut crop has been dug. Usually storms come to the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic from the south - and those usually curve safely out to sea. "Everybody in the area has been busy trying to get corn in and just about everyone is finished up that".

"The risk is probably not that rain is going to fall into the pits", Holleman said "The risk is that land and water will compromise the dams".

The South Carolina National Guard regularly trains for emergency events throughout the year. "If someone is in a low-lying area that is subject to flood, they need to have a plan in place". We had the hurricane in 2016 and now this.

Stewart added, "We're going to have a fairly stable, powerful hurricane with the potential for some additional slow strengthening over about the next 24 hours".

"Once you leave, (it will be) hard to get back in to check on damage", he told CNN.

North Carolina has been hit by only one other Category 4 storm since reliable record keeping began in the 1850s.

"This will have a storm surge in the 20-foot range", Myers said.

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With weather forecasters calling the storm "life threatening", Cooper said officials are watching three main issues - storm surge along the coastline, strong winds which could be heavier than any the state has experienced in recent years, and inland flooding and heavy rains.

To understand why rapid intensification matters, consider the globe's current population of tropical cyclones (which are variously termed hurricanes, typhoons and just cyclones, depending on the region).

There's the potential that spillover from open lagoons or wash away from barns or fields could get into water used for drinking or recreation, according to the Waterkeeper Alliance, an environmental group.

President Trump said the safety of the American people is his "absolute highest priority" as Hurricane Florence takes aim at portions of the East Coast.

Henry McMaster lifted the mandatory evacuation for Hurricane Florence in Beaufort, Jasper and Colleton counties Wednesday, Beaufort County schools will remain closed Wednesday.

If the storm tracks further west than anticipated, weather along the Cumberland Plateau could turn "a bit more showery and breezy", the NWS said, "but for now things are looking pretty good for the Mid-State".

Twelve hours after its landfall, Hazel was in Buffalo, New York, and had ripped through seven states with winds still swirling at 100 mph (160 kph) or more.

"To the incredible citizens of North Carolina, South Carolina and the entire East Coast - the storm looks very bad!"

"There's 25% more people living between Charleston (South Carolina) and Morehead City (North Carolina) than there were when Hugo was making landfall", Myers said. Some 1 million people have been ordered to evacuate. Information about shelters will be available soon.

According to AAA, the storm "will likely have an impact on East Coast gas prices this week should the storm follow its projected path".

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