Florence punishes Carolinas with torrential rain, flooding; six dead

City taken by one of the Expedition Three crew members on the International Space Stati

City taken by one of the Expedition Three crew members on the International Space Stati

Washington Post: "Category 4 Hurricane Florence drawing closer to Carolinas and threatens "catastrophic" flooding" - "Expanding in size, violent Hurricane Florence is continuing on a beeline toward the East Coast as an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 hurricane".

In the 11 p.m. ET advisory, Florence was 280 miles southeast of Wilmington, NC, packing maximum-sustained winds of 110 mph and moving to the northwest at 17 mph.

Hurricane Florence, the Category 2 storm heading straight for my parents' SC house, has the country on high alert.

But the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday evening that the storm is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and rainfall to the Carolinas as it approaches the coast Thursday and Friday.

A view of Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station. "Now it might be time for the exam", he said. He urged people to leave immediately rather than face the wrath of the "once in a lifetime" storm.

The storm may stall over SC and North Carolina, dump several feet of rain, and trigger widespread flooding.

Florence is expected to produce heavy and excessive rainfall, with coastal North Carolina expected to see 20-30 inches and in some isolated places, up to 40 inches.

"This storm is going to be a direct hit", he added.

President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency for all three states, with Florence likely to bring widespread flooding and destruction once it arrives.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is calling Florence a major and deadly storm.

Speaking in the Oval Office alongside Trump, FEMA administrator Brock Long said Hurricane Florence may be a "very devastating storm".

Analytics firm CoreLogic predicts that the damage from Florence could be more than $170 billion - making it the most expensive hurricane to hit the continental U.S.

"We hope to have something left when we get home", she said.

"Florence is expected to weaken as it moves away from North Carolina regardless of whether it goes within or down the coast - whatever the track ends up being".

"This is a hurricane event followed by a flood event", said South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.

Some recent reports say that waves as tall as 83 feet have been spotted with the storm, and when the storm makes landfall it will be packing a serious punch.

They showed us instruments that function nearly like weather balloons, that are dropped into the storm to gather data that satellites can't.

For many of those under evacuation orders, getting out of harm's way has proved difficult, as airlines canceled flights and motorists had a hard time finding gas.

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