Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Georgia Gov. Deal declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Florence

Amazon again puts disaster relief efforts in motion as Hurricane Florence set to punish Carolina coast Rick Scott to deploy emergency teams, resources ahead of Hurricane Florence
Edmund Robinson | 13 September, 2018, 13:45

The center of Florence, a Category 2 hurricane, will approach the coasts of North and SC on Thursday, the NHC said, adding that it was expected to weaken after it moved inland.

In a news release Wednesday, Gov. Nathan Deal says the state "is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety ahead of Hurricane Florence". "Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property".

People fleeing coastal North and SC clogged highways Wednesday as Florence bore down on the coast for a direct hit in a low-lying region dense with beachfront vacation homes. All interests from SC into the mid-Atlantic region should complete preparations and follow any advice given by local officials. Its wind speeds have dropped from a high of 140 miles per hour (225 kph) to 110 miles per hour (175 kph), reducing it from a Category 4 storm to a Category 2, and additional fluctuations and weakening were likely as it swirled toward land.

Hurricane Florence weakened to a Category 2 storm, according to the 11 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, and it will likely remain at Cat 2 strength upon making landfall.

Myrtle Beach is within an area under a hurricane warning that ran from South Santee River, South Carolina, to Duck, North Carolina, at 2pm local time.

Airlines have begun to cancel flights at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in advance of Hurricane Florence.

The last Category 4 hurricane to plow directly into North Carolina was Hazel in 1954, a devastating storm that killed 19 people.




Trump and officials urged residents in the path of the storm to evacuate before it is too late.

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"Protection of life is the absolute highest priority", he added.

Hoffman said his construction experience will help him determine how badly the storm hits the roof and walls of the three-story building they'll be sheltering in, and when it's time to move to another floor.

"This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast", said Jeff Byard, associate administrator for response and recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Heavy rains were forecast to extend into the Appalachians, affecting parts of Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia.

The White House has approved requests from North Carolina and SC for federal emergency declarations, allowing for greater coordination among states and federal agencies.

Even though Amazon routinely demonstrates its ability to solve unique challenges, Stix admitted there was one obstacle to dealing with hurricanes and more. It will be arriving soon.

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