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Answers to the 5 most asked questions about Hurricane Florence

Answers to the 5 most asked questions about Hurricane Florence

Up to 1.7m residents on the eastern seaboard have been scrambling to evacuate their homes as government officials warned the hurricane would deliver a "Mike Tyson punch" to South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

Roy Cooper urged residents in evacuation areas of his state to get out while they still can.

The powerful hurricane bearing down on the east coast of the United States has led airlines to cancel more than 1,245 flights and waive change fees for travellers affected by the storm, USA Today reports. We are more inland from the coast.

Storm chaser Jeff Piotrowski tweeted at around 1:30 p.m. that storm surge slammed North Topsail beach.

A full list of shelter locations are listed here.

Kaplan has been working with emergency managers in North Carolina and school administrators in Boston and Charlotte to coordinate the university's response. But the restaurant had locked its doors only to comply with a police order.

"Even the rescuers can not stay there", he said.

As of 10am Thursday (local time), Florence's top winds were 177km/h, and it was marching northwest at16km/h, about 257km east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and 329km east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Hurricane Florence's leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets on the Outer Banks, as the hulking storm closed in with 100 miles per hour (155 kph) winds for a drenching siege that could last all weekend.

On the forecast track, the center of Florence will approach the coasts of North and SC later today, then move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and northeastern SC in the hurricane warning area tonight and Friday. Noting the heavy bands on the hurricane's northeast quadrant, he added, "We are on the bad side of this storm".

As of 2 p.m. Thursday, Florence packs sustained winds of 105 miles per hour.

Nevertheless, torrential rain will be moving ashore Thursday, continuing into Friday, and dumping one or perhaps even two feet of rain in some areas.

Salvo, NC to North Carolina/Virginia Border: 2-4′. When Hurricane Floyd made landfall near Cape Fear in 1999 as a Category 2 storm, bloated carcasses of hundreds of thousands of hogs, chickens and other drowned livestock bobbed in a nose-stinging soup of fecal matter, pesticides, fertilizer and gasoline so toxic that fish flopped helplessly to escape it.

Cramer says they are expecting ocean water to flow over the sand dunes and bring sand into the town.

In addition, the threat of storm surges looms for areas in the path of the storm, meaning life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland is possible. Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath.

While most have left, House said that a few remained and that there were some "incidents" overnight.

According to a report by the news agency Associated Press, Hurricane Florence threatens to cause historic flooding and blow catastrophic winds.

"This time it's important. We are totally prepared", Trump said at the White House. "Gracious heavenly father God, just with those in the flood zone, may the damage not be so much", they prayed.

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