Millions on US East Coast brace for 'extremely dangerous' Hurricane Florence

Kenny Grant
September 12, 2018

While the storm is not expected to make landfall until the end of the week, Delta, United, and Southwest have already said they will waive change fees or fare differences, but it's American Airlines that is expecting the biggest hit, as the Charlotte Douglas Airport, directly in Florence's expected path, is the airline's second-largest hub.

The state of North Carolina is preparing for a major storm. Salna predicts it could rise as high as 15 feet. It took Matheson and her husband almost the whole day Monday to drive the 100km off the barrier island.

"You may see a smaller footprint from the operations staff, but. that is what is needed at the time, at this time in the state", Byard said. "All you have to do is look up at your ceiling, and think about 12ft [of water]".

"It is an extremely risky, life-threatening, historic hurricane".

Ahead of Florence's arrival, barrier islands were already seeing unsafe rip currents and seawater flowed over a state highway, the harbinger of a storm surge that could wipe out dunes and submerge entire communities.

Donald Trump declared on Tuesday that his government is "absolutely, totally prepared" for Hurricane Florence, even as officials and forecasters warned that the "staggering" storm is shaping up to be catastrophic and unprecedented.

Forecasters said parts of North Carolina could get 20 inches of rain, if not more, with as much as 10 inches elsewhere in the state and in Virginia, parts of Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Cooper and his counterparts in neighbouring SC and Virginia ordered about 1 million people to evacuate coastal homes, including along the Outer Banks barrier islands. CBS News correspondent David Begnaud reported that lanes, at noon, will be reversed on four of the largest roads leading to the SC coast, so cars will only be able to drive inland.

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Residents of affected areas have been flocking to stores to stock up on essentials. Then come the torrents of rain.

Forecasters say Olivia - with current wind speeds of 65 miles per hour - will make landfall on Wednesday morning.

"Also, looking like a direct hit on North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia". Katrina was the third deadliest hurricane in USA history, with more than 1,200 deaths.

Preparations for Florence were intensifying up and down the densely populated coast.

"Floyd stands as our greatest natural disaster in North Carolina history, with over $6 billion in damages and 52 fatalities", Barnes said.

"I would say everybody should get out". "This is the craziest one".

He said: "My people just informed me that this is one of the worst storms to hit the East Coast in many years". Roberts said he's telling them to get out of town. Don't wait for emergency responders to rescue you.

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