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'GET OUT OF ITS WAY!': 'Monster' Hurricane Florence aims to drench Carolinas

'GET OUT OF ITS WAY!': 'Monster' Hurricane Florence aims to drench Carolinas

Florence is still about 530 miles south-east of Cape Fear, North Carolina approaching the coast at 17mph (28kph).

The Upstate could get 4 to 8 inches of rain if the latest forecast track for Hurricane Florence holds, according to the National Weather Service at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport.

As of 11 p.m. EST, the storm was centered 280 miles east southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and was moving northwest at 17 mph.

A state of emergency has been declared in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington amid concern over potential torrential rain and flooding.

"Typically, we see a stimulus effect that creates jobs and raises incomes for South Carolinians", said Joseph Von Nessen, a research economist at the University of SC.

"Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you". In South Carolina, Beaufort County Emergency Management Division Commander Neil Baxley told residents they need to prepare again for the worst just in case.

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand. "And if that's the case, it would continue to be over warm water and it would (retain) its hurricane status a little while longer before weakening into a tropical storm".

More than 1.5 million people have been ordered to evacuate along 300 miles of coastline.




Hurricane Florence has gotten a little bit weaker but it remains a very large and risky storm.

In addition to the dangers the expected deluge of water poses, the hurricane center cautioned, "A few tornadoes are possible in eastern North Carolina beginning late Thursday morning".

"This one really scares me", Graham said. Michael Walden, an economist at North Carolina State University, calculates that Florence will deduct about $200 million of output a day from North Carolina's $550 billion-a-year economy until business returns to something close to normal.

Meteorologist Sandy LaCorte said the 11 a.m. forecast did not change much from the one six hours prior, and that the track takes the risky storm right through the heart of SC.

Deal cited the storm's "forecasted southward track" in a statement declaring a state of emergency.

Abigail Darlington, covers the city of Charleston for the South Carolina Post and Courier.

A crew of about 80 rescuers from Montgomery County is headed to SC to help deal with Hurricane Florence and its aftermath. Workers at Florence Toyota in Florence, South Carolina, plan to pull high-value luxury vehicles into the service bays on Thursday to protect them. "The rain may last for days, and not hours".

CNN reports dire word from FEMA associate administrator Jeff Byard, who warns that this storm is not to be reckoned with. You never know. But we know.