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Hurricane Florence Tracker: Path Narrows, Forecast to 'Stall'

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Florence rainfall forecast out of the NWS’s Weather Prediction Center

The slow movement, combined with the massive amount of moisture this storm holds, will bring risky rains - from 20 to 30 inches in coastal North Carolina, with 40 inches possible in isolated areas, the weather service says.

But the NHC warned that Florence still poses a deadly threat to a wide stretch of the US Eastern Seaboard, from southern Georgia into southern Virginia, and remained capable of unleashing rain-fueled catastrophic flooding of rivers and low-lying areas.

The Town of Ocean City's Emergency Management personnel works closely with local and state representatives to provide citizens with timely, accurate and essential information before, during and after the storm.

'North Carolina, my message is clear: Disaster is at the doorstep, and it's coming in'.

A life-threatening storm surge is now highly likely along portions of the coastlines of SC and North Carolina, and a Storm Surge Warning is in effect for a portion of this area. But one thing it might actually help is to reduce the overall wind speed, though we're still going to have gusty winds around here which combined with that wet soil could bring down some trees.

Florence, it added, is also expected to strengthen even more over the next several days before it is forecast to hit the southeastern United States on Friday morning at around 8 a.m. local time, September 14. Parts of North Carolina could get 1m of rainfall.

The storm, which is building up over the Atlantic, is due to make landfall in either North or SC within the next few days, and is expected to be the worst storm to hit the area in 30 years.

According to CNN, more than 1 million people have been told to evacuate coastal areas of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. However, it was projected Wednesday that Florence would shift slightly to the south and possibly hit Georgia as well.

National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham called Hurricane Florence's size is "staggering."

This is when Hurricane Florence is expected to be closest to us. Coastal evacuations were in effect for Virginia and North Carolina as well.

Wilmington, just north of where Florence appeared headed for shore, grew empty and quiet on Wednesday.

"So I don't really want to take no chances on it". "It's going to happen".

However, he reiterated that just that minor factor alone is not enough to cause the cyclone to make major changes.

A day later, he issued a dire warning to anyone who is flouting the evacuation order, telling them that "you're putting your life in danger" and that Wednesday "is the last day to travel".

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