Hurricane Florence is shifting its path. The probable forecast path now shows the storm shifting toward the southern North Carolina coast and the northern half of the South Carolina coast. Forecasters predict the storm will produce "catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding." Coastal North Carolina is expected to get 20 to 30 inches of rain while some areas of South Carolina are expected to get more than three feet of rain.
Over a million people on the southeastern seaboard are being ordered to evacuate as Hurricane Florence marches towards the Carolinas and Virginia. The National Hurricane Center is warning about life-threatening storm surge and dangerous flooding from Hurricane Florence.
The Category 4 storm is expected to make landfall Friday on the North Carolina coast. Some areas in the region could see a 13 foot storm surge. Once it moves inland, forecasters are worried it could stall out, dumping as much as 35 inches of rain on parts of the Carolinas. The NHC says that could result in catastrophic flooding.
The Carolina coast could start getting lashed by tropical storm force winds on Thursday, meaning that folks in the danger zone should work quickly to get all their storm preparations finished by then. The massive Category 4 storm is predicted to be one of the most powerful hurricanes the East Coast has seen in decades. Government officials are warning those who have been through storms before that this time is different.
President Trump says FEMA, first responders, and law enforcement are prepared for the monster Hurricane Florence. Trump tweeted this morning the Category 4 storm is looking even bigger than anticipated as it barrels toward the Carolina coast. The President wrote that the government got A Pluses for hurricane response in Texas and Florida last year, and did an unappreciated great job in devastated Puerto Rico.