A million people have been ordered to leave the USA coast and millions more prepared for Florence's predicted arrival on late Thursday or early Friday. "Florence is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 15 to 20 inches with isolated maxima to 30 inches near Florence's track over portions of North Carolina, Virginia and northern SC through Saturday".
"This is still a very unsafe storm". Florence's storm surge threatens more than 750,000 homes in the region, according to the property analytics firm CoreLogic.
If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could bring torrential rains to the Appalachian mountains and as far away as West Virginia, causing flash floods, mudslides and other unsafe conditions. "That means the more trees that could fall, the more power outages", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said.
People living well inland should prepare to lose power and endure flooding and other hazards, he warned. "One of our biggest challenges is too much rain at the wrong time", McIntosh says.
"Even if you've ridden out storms, don't ride this one out".
On Tuesday afternoon, data from an Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter aircraft showed that Florence's sustained winds had picked up in speed again, hovering close to 140 miles per hour.
The worst place to be in a hurricane is the right-front quadrant, where onshore winds are strongest and the storm surge is maximized.
Its centre will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday.
"Based on the current weather forecast related to Hurricane Florence, the Boston College at Wake Forest football game originally scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday night (Sept. 13) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has been moved to 5:30 p.m", said the ACC's release on Tuesday.
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Florence's growth from an ordinary tropical storm to a major hurricane had been well-forecasted since the cyclone originated from a strong tropical wave that emerged off the coast of Africa on August 30. Isaac became a tropical storm again approaching the Caribbean, while Hurricane Helene was veering northwards, posing no threat to land. "We've never seen anything quite like this, on the East Coast at least", he said, according to Reuters.
As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) showed the Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour moving WNW at 15 miles per hour.
"The governor said that North Carolina is the bull's eye of this hurricane", Larry Wooten, president of the North Carolina Farm Bureau, said in an interview.
On North Carolina's Outer Banks, Dawn Farrow Taylor (50) was gathering photos and important documents and filling prescriptions Monday before heading inland.
"I don't think many of us have ever been through a Category 4".
"The levels are in pretty good shape to handle the rain, but it all depends on how much rain we get", Ashby said.
SC governor Henry McMaster said an estimated one million people would be fleeing his state's coast, with eastbound lanes of major routes reversed to ease the exodus.
An evacuation order from Virginia governor Ralph Northam applies to about 245,000 people, including parts of the Hampton Roads area and Eastern Shore.
North Carolina and UCF officials stated any tickets purchased through the respective school will be refunded automatically and as quickly as possible.