Hurricane Florence Zeroes In On Carolinas, Bringing 130 MPH Winds

The hurricane center's projected track previously had Florence charging into the North Carolina coast on Friday.

As of 11 a.m., the potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm was centered 485 miles (785 kilometers) southeast of Wilmington, moving at 15 mph (24 kph) with winds of 130 mph (215 kph) and enough moisture to dump feet of rain on the region.

Florence will likely strike the East Coast with life-threatening storm surge, destructive winds and massive inland rainfall flooding. But authorities warn Florence has an enormous wind field as it zeroes in on the Southeast U.S. coast, raising the risk of the ocean surging on to land and making Florence extremely unsafe.

Sand bags surround homes on North Topsail Beach, N.C., September 12, 2018, as Hurricane Florence threatens the coast. The hurricane was moving northwest in the Atlantic at 15 miles per hour and was packing sustained winds of 110 miles per hour.

The centre of Florence, a slow-moving Category 3 hurricane, is expected to draw close to the North Carolina coast on Friday afternoon - perhaps lingering just offshore - then drift southwest along the shoreline before turning inland on Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

An estimated 10 million people live in areas expected to be placed under a hurricane or storm advisory, according to the US Weather Prediction Center.

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"Do you want to get hit with a train or do you want to get hit with a cement truck?" said Jeff Byard, an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The path of Hurricane Florence has changed since Cooper made that statement Tuesday.

Residents in coastal areas should follow evacuation orders from local officials because of the potential for life-threatening storm surge flooding. But forecasters say there's an increased chance for tropical storm winds to reach Savannah.

A state of emergency has been declared in D.C. and in states, including Virginia and the Carolina's.

The US Coast Guard said it closed the ports of Wilmington and Moorehead City in North Carolina and restricted port operations in Charleston, South Carolina. You're going to be displaced from your home in the coastal areas. Three other Southern raceways also opened campgrounds to evacuees.

At least 25 million residents are at risk from the storm and experts predict its current path could cause up to $170 billion worth of damage, hit up to 759,000 homes and businesses and become the costliest storm to ever hit the U.S. Most other beachgoers were long done. "Also, a little creepy".

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