Georgia governor declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Florence

Pablo Tucker
September 12, 2018

Florence is still a Category 4 hurricane with winds up to 130 miles per hour.

Hurricane-force winds will reach the Carolina coasts late Thursday or early Friday. This storm is a slow-moving mammoth and will linger for days on the coast, heavily affecting not only North and SC but also Georgia and parts of Virginia before moving further inland, causing devastation to entire states throughout the weekend.

The latest projections of Florence, now a Category 4 storm, show it shifting south putting Georgia in its possible path.

Coastal areas are likely to experience storm surges and the hurricane may dump heavy rains across the entire mid-Atlantic region, causing risky floods.


For those in the path of the storm looking for a place to store their belongings, news organization WJZY has listed each U-Haul storage facility and address taking part in the 30-day program.

The storm's 175-mile (282 km) wide "cone of probability" suggests the storm will likely hit North Carolina's coast near Cape Fear, but storms fall outside the cone one-third of the time, according to The Weather Channel.

While many coastal residents heeded mandatory evacuation orders, others boarded up homes and businesses and chose to courageous the storm, which is forecast to trigger severe flash flooding as it dumps as many as three feet (almost a meter) of rain in some areas.

SC authorities have turned four motorways into one-way routes away from the coast to speed the exodus. So we could have two landfalls - one around Wilmington and then one near Myrtle Beach or even south of there.


Parts of the southeastern coast that are not under hurricane warnings are under tropical storm or storm surge warnings, meaning life-threatening floods are possible. It's big and it's vicious.

"And that's saying a lot given the impacts we've seen from Hurricanes Diana, Hugo, Fran, Bonnie, Floyd, and Matthew", the organization said in a statement that was circulated on Twitter.

In a videotaped message from the White House, President Donald Trump said the government was fully prepared for Florence but urged people to "get out of its way".

President Donald Trump has declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, saying the U.S. government is "absolutely, totally prepared" for Florence.


With the storm churning across the Atlantic with 140 miles per hour winds, hurricane watches and warnings include the homes of more than 5.4 million people on the East Coast. These power outages could last days to weeks, Brock Long, a spokesperson with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), told Reuters.

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