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Some steadfast residents to stay put as Hurricane Florence approaches

Some steadfast residents to stay put as Hurricane Florence approaches

Hurricane Florence is expected to cause devastation when it makes landfall later today or early tomorrow, with "life-threatening storm surge" and intense rainfall.

"This will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast", the National Weather Service in Wilmington, North Carolina, wrote in its Tuesday evening area forecast discussion, adding in a Wednesday report that flooding in southeast North Carolina and northeast SC could be "unprecedented".

Late Wednesday, the storm had weakened slightly to a Category 2 hurricane with winds of 110 miles per hour (175 kph) as it approaches the North and SC coasts.

The country's No. 2 power company said Wednesday that it's anticipating 1 million to 3 million homes and businesses could lose power for lengthy periods, depending on the storm's track.

It's been an especially active start to the Atlantic hurricane season, as parts of North and SC are now bracing for impact from a major Category 3 Storm.

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Manure lagoons are about as pleasant as they sound-vast open-air ponds of manure located next to the many hog farms near the North Carolina coast.

Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency in the state ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence, which dipped down in trajectory earlier this week.

The message from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to residents was bleak.




Duke Energy Co. said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks.

On Tuesday, the so-called spaghetti models that show various potential paths for a storm had more variability.

Gov. Henry McMaster is not yet issuing mandatory evacuation orders for Jasper and Beaufort counties, but officials have not ruled out the possibility of another evacuation order.

Steering currents - around clear weather high-pressure systems and stormy low-pressure systems - redirect hurricanes, with the clear weather systems acting as walls that storms have to go around.

"Disaster is at the doorstep and it's coming in."

Emergency preparations in the region included activating 2,800 National Guard troops in North Carolina, stockpiling food, setting up shelters, switching traffic patterns so major roads led away from shore, and securing 16 nuclear power reactors in the Carolinas and Virginia.

The National Weather Service announced around 3:40 p.m. Wednesday that Tropical Storm Joyce had formed in the Atlantic, leaving the disturbance approaching the Texas Gulf Coast still unnamed. "Now it might be time for the exam", he said.

In North Carolina's Wrightsville Beach, Inside Edition's Steven Fabian was told to leave his hotel, which is shutting down due to the storm. Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said.

"There's really not a lot of good news", NOAA flight director Paul Flaherty said on "Shepard Smith Reporting". "You feel like you should have already left".