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Hurricane Florence: South Carolina vs. Marshall matchup canceled due to storm

NOAA's official rainfall forecast for the next seven days released Wednesday morning may undersell the higher localized risks Hurricane Florence: Georgia declares emergency ahead of 'monster' storm
Doris Mccormick | 13 September, 2018, 11:13

Hurricane Florence is continuing to move west-northwest and is still forecast to hit North Carolina and SC, bringing destructive storm surges, rain, and wind.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned residents that time was running out to seek safety from what he called a "once in a lifetime" storm.

Hurricane preparations should be rushed to completion as soon as possible.

The order was issued after the city's State of Emergency which was declared on Sunday.

Groups of fearless storm troopers could be seen enjoying the many empty beaches across SC.

By contrast, North Carolina has said it is evacuating hundreds of prisoners from prisons and county jails before the storm, the Charlotte Observer reports. Pastides announced via Twitter on Wednesday morning that the university had canceled classes at least through Saturday.

Florence could strengthen some over open water and then weaken as it nears land, but the difference won't make it any less risky, forecaster Stacy Stewart wrote in a National Hurricane Center discussion.

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The East Carolina football team went to Orlando early Wednesday ahead of Hurricane Florence , the school said in a press release. The hurricane is expected to dump heavy rain throughout the region and FEMA officials said it's not just a coastal problem.


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According to analytics firm CoreLogic, the hurricane could wreak more than $170billion (£130billion) in havoc and damage almost 759,000 homes and businesses.

The Canadian government has warned citizens against travel to the stretch of the U.S. East Coast that is expected to be hammered by Florence.

Data collected during the flight allows the NOAA to keep a watchful eye on the most powerful storm to date in the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, to research its speed, intensity and structure. Its maximum sustained winds have dropped slightly to 110 miles per hour.

As Florence closed in for the worst strike on the area in decades, President Donald Trump and state and local officials urged residents in the path of the storm to evacuate before it is too late.

"A motion toward the northwest is forecast to begin by this afternoon and continue through Thursday", the hurricane center says. As of now, Florence is due to make landfall very early Friday morning, somewhere in the Carolinas.

Two other tropical storms - Isaac and Olivia - have also been in the vicinity this week, with the National Weather Service estimating that some 10.15 million people lived in areas under either hurricane or tropical storm warnings. It is poised to slow to a crawl there and then drift to the southwest, unloading disastrous amounts of rain.

Faced with new forecasts that showed a more southerly threat, Georgia's governor joined his counterparts in Virginia and North and SC in declaring a state of emergency, and some residents who had thought they were safely out of range boarded up their homes.

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