Hurricane Florence Is Generating 83-Foot Waves in the Atlantic

Amazon again puts disaster relief efforts in motion as Hurricane Florence set to punish Carolina coast

Amazon again puts disaster relief efforts in motion as Hurricane Florence set to punish Carolina coast

The storm is moving northwest at 10 miles per hour (17 kph), the NHC said.

Hurricane Florence is now hurtling toward North and SC and is forecast to bring unprecedented rainfall.

A category four on the five-level Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale, Florence was 750km south-south-east of Bermuda and the centre of the hurricane was forecast to pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas yesterday and today, the US's National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said.

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.

Although its peak winds diminished, forecasters said the storm's total energy grew as its inner core and outlying bands of wind expanded.

In this satellite image provided by U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Florence churns through the Atlantic Ocean toward the U.S. East Coast on September 12, 2018.

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

"We are prepared as a state", Farmer said, noting SC emergency officials come together every spring to go through catastrophe exercises in preparation for an event like Florence.

Parts of Virginia, North Carolina, and SC have issued mandatory evacuation orders, and governors of all three states as well as Maryland have declared states of emergency in the run-up to Florence making landfall. The forecast "cone of uncertainty" shows that Florence might severely affect the Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee by Monday.

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In Fayetteville, a North Carolina city of about 210,000 people about 90 miles inland, authorities told thousands of residents near the Cape Fear River and Little River to get out of their homes by Sunday afternoon because of the flood risk.

The governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia declared emergencies to help speed up government aid efforts. The slow forward motion means Florence will batter the area with heavy rainfall, producing up to 40 inches in coastal North Carolina and northeastern SC. Authorities in Chatham County, Georgia, which borders SC and includes the historic port city of Savannah, urged residents who feel unsafe "to evacuate as they see fit".

Some US media report concern about the effects of Florence on 6 nuclear power plants in the areas expected to be hit by the hurricane.

Florence is being trailed in the Atlantic by two other storms - Hurricane Helene and Tropical Storm Isaac.

Utility officials have warned that widespread power outages are likely and that it could take weeks to restore electricity.

Causey, a former insurance agent who was elected as commissioner in 2016, said the NCDOI has been in touch with agent associations, carriers, FEMA, other states nearby that can provide resources, and the North Carolina Coastal Insurance Property Pool (the Beach Plan), which insures seven out of 10 homes along the state's coast.

Causey said he doesn't anticipate an adjuster shortage such as what happened previous year after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, because of how close together each of those storms occurred. "It's going to happen. We just want prayers from everyone".

The White House said President Donald Trump approved making federal funding available in some affected counties.

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