"Forecasts generally project the storm to make landfall between northern SC and North Carolina's Outer Banks as a strong Category 3 on Thursday, although shifts in the track are possible and storm impacts will expand great distances beyond where landfall occurs". You're going to be displaced from your home in the coastal areas. High-tech auto plants co-exist with beachfront bed-and-breakfast inns and peanut farms.
On Wednesday, McMaster said that emergency lane reversals - using all lanes of I-26 out of Charleston and Highway 501 near Myrtle Beach for westbound traffic - will cease on Thursday, two days after the measure was instituted.
As of Tuesday, about 1.7 million people in North and SC and Virginia were under warnings to evacuate the coast, and hurricane watches and warnings extended across an area with about 5.4 million residents. Those pipelines carry fuel from the Gulf Coast to much of the eastern United States. Flooding closed refineries along the Texas and Louisiana coasts and caused gasoline prices to spike.
A tropical storm watch is in effect for north of the North Carolina/Virginia border to Cape Charles Light, VA, and for Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort.
The Port of Virginia in Hampton Roads was closed Wednesday but planned to reopen Thursday on news that Florence had veered south.
Three hours to the northwest in Spartanburg, BMW's sprawling SUV factory remains open.
A storm covering enormous area, to drench and lash more people.
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That study - conducted by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University - estimated 2,975 deaths. It's an isolated island that lost its infrastructure and power for a long time, you couldn't get to people for a long time".
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The customer handed the punnet in to Sutherland Area Police Command, where it will undergo forensic testing. They are working with retailers to remove all stock from the affected date are removed from sale.
Florence lands in Myrtle Beach area, bringing rain, wind, flooding
The city warns that people "may need to move up to the second story" but tells them to stay put as "we are coming to get you". Bob Better is leading a swift boat rescue team from MA , one of two out of state FEMA teams helping people trapped by water.
Another FEMA spokesman said: "I need to re-emphasise this is a unsafe storm". "That's the primary driver of the evacuations that are underway by the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia right now". It also could cut September auto sales by about 110,000 vehicles, which would have to be made up later, he wrote.
Meanwhile, some of North Carolina's 2,100 industrial-size hog farmers are scrambling to drain waste pools containing manure before the hurricane hits, according to NPR. Though about 9 million vehicles are in Florence's path, the area has only about 162 vehicles per square mile - less than half the figure in car-crazy Houston.
"Don't play games with it", the president told residents ahead of the storm. Sound unlikely? It's the same model that accurately predicted that last year's Hurricane Harvey, which also stalled over land, would drop 60 inches.
Florence is unusual in that it is aiming at the Carolinas from the east. Shelters in the city were filling and some people were being bused inland to Raleigh.
"Dangerous" Florence has maximum sustained winds of 130mph and will be a Category 4 storm when it makes landfall on Friday morning.
"This rainfall would produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding", the hurricane center says.