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Carolina coast battening down, boarding up as hurricane nears

Carolina coast battening down, boarding up as hurricane nears

As of 3 a.m. EDT on Friday, Florence was centered about 50 miles southwest of Morehead, North Carolina, and 35 miles east of Wilmington, NC, moving at 6 mph west-northwest.

"As we look back at previous events, although hurricanes making landfall in the Carolinas are rare, the losses through this triple-threat of storm surge, wind and inland flood, could also be significant", RMS said in the report.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Florence had racked up winds of 130mph and is on a trajectory which suggests its centre is most likely to hit the south coast of North Carolina by Friday.

"Prolonged and exceptionally heavy" rains will also inundate parts of the coast and inland areas, the National Hurricane Center said. "We want to make sure people understand that people should not ride Hurricane Florence out".

Although slow weakening is expected to begin by late Thursday, Florence is still forecast to be an extremely risky major hurricane when it nears the US coast late Thursday and Friday, the NHC added. He cited forecasts showing Florence was likely to stall over North Carolina, "bringing days and days of rain".

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"We're just trying to plan for the future here, not having a house for an extended period of time", David Garrigus said.

"Rather than a very narrow and intense band of winds, the winds are slightly weaker - but [they] cover a much larger area", NHC senior hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart said on Wednesday.

Areas along the coast from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, NC, including the Neuse, Pamlico, Pungo and Bay rivers may experience storm surges from 9 to 13 feet. The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions. "It's a big one", he said at the White House.

The South Carolina Department of Corrections' Palmer Pre Release Center a Level 1 Minimum Custody Prison in Florence, South Carolina, was evacuated in advance of Hurricane Florence due to security reasons. "This rainfall may produce life-threatening flash flooding". The storm's forecast has shifted southward in the last 24 hours.

"Hurricane Florence is looking even bigger than anticipated", Trump said.

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"Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls".

Hurricane-force winds now extend up to 80 miles from the eye of the storm, and tropical-storm-force winds now extend up to 195 miles from the center of the storm.

A tree crashed into Kevin DiLoreto's home in Wilmington, where all roads leading to his neighbourhood were blocked by fallen trees.

"People do not live and survive to tell the tale about what their experience is like with storm surge", he said. Additional swell courtesy of other activity in the tropics keeps plenty of fun surf around for the weekend, so stay tuned to the regional forecast updates for the latest. Tropical Storm Isaac is heading westward toward the central Lesser Antilles, but is a bit weaker, with Guadeloupe, Martinique and Dominica now under tropical storm, not hurricane, warnings.

Forecasters anxious the storm's damage will be all the worse if it lingers on the coast.

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