Search-and-rescue team from Maryland heads to SC before storm

Pablo Tucker
September 13, 2018

Its trajectory showed its centre most likely to strike the southern coast of North Carolina by late Thursday or early Friday, the National Hurricane Center said.

Residents prepared by boarding up their homes and stocking up on food, water and other essentials, stripping grocery store shelves of merchandise.

"My people just informed me that this is one of the worst storms to hit the East Coast in many years".

"With more than 300 miles of coastline in the path of the storm, it's important for [companies] like U-Haul to do what they can".

Florence is forecast to dump up to three feet (almost a meter) of rain in some areas after it makes landfall in North and SC.

Maryland, though, could be spared the catastrophic flooding thought possible in recent days.

"We will experience power outages, we will have infrastructure damage, there will be homes damaged, there will be debris on the roads - this will be a storm that creates and causes massive damage to our country", announced Jeffrey Byard, Response and Recovery administrator for FEMA.

The US east coast is bracing for more than 40 inches of rain as Hurricane Florence barrels nearer to land.

Fox News reported that sustained winds were picking up a bit along the North Carolina coast.

Florence's predicted pause and slow southward turn off North Carolina on Friday means some coastal areas will get damaging hurricane-force winds for more than 24 hours.

The researchers continuously track the hurricane as it makes landfall to collect data on the storm's speed, intensity and structure.

"The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety", Deal said.

The CoreLogic storm specialists said flash flooding is the greatest danger to people in affected areas, followed by storm surge second and wind damage.

The president signed emergency declarations for the Carolinas and Virginia, a move that frees up federal money and resources.

United Airlines is waiving change, baggage and in-cabin pet fees for all flights to a host of mid-Atlantic cities in the Carolinas and Virginia as well as Savannah, Georgia, as more than 1.5 million people evacuate ahead of Hurricane Florence.

The eastbound lanes of several major highways have been shut down to allow for a smooth flow of traffic inland.

Boeing Co suspended work on Tuesday at the SC plant where it assembles 787 widebody jetliners, and a Volvo automobile plant in South Carolina's evacuation zone was also closed, company officials said. "That's our worst concern at this point is the rain and the flooding that we may see this weekend".

"He was thinking of coming here until this morning, and now he asked me if I wanted to come up there", he said.

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