'Extremely dangerous' Hurricane Florence approaches Carolinas

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In the six decades since then, many thousands of people have moved to the coast.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Helene has maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour; however, it's expected to gradually weaken into Tuesday evening and is forecast to become a tropical storm by Thursday. "There is no question this is the right thing to do and the decision was supported by president [Harris] Pastides, coach [Will] Muschamp, our board members and myself", SC athletics director Ray Tanner said.

- Winds could exceed 80 miles per hour from Thursday to Saturday.

With little wind shear to pull the storm apart, Florence's hurricane-strength winds are expanding, reaching 40 miles from the eye of the storm, with tropical storm-force winds reaching up to 150 miles.

Classified as a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane strength, Florence is the most severe storm to threaten the US mainland this year. The middle of the cone shows Florence coming ashore around Topsail Island - a slightly southern tweak from earlier projections. It's expected to be the worst in the region since Hurricane Hazel made landfall near the North Carolina-South Caroline border in 1954. "Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion". Our coast is under a hurricane watch and will likely take the first hit.Rain in some places will be measured in feet, not inches. Also, it is unlikely the Knights will be able to replace the North Carolina contest with another game as the Knights don't have a true open date. But even the most secure homes could be surrounded by water, or penetrated by wind-launched debris.

"Wherever you live in North Carolina, you need to get ready for this storm now and you need to evacuate if asked to".

But while wind speed offers an easily quantifiable way to rate unsafe storms, forecasters are warning people not to fixate on wind speeds, saying that saltwater from the storm surge and freshwater from heavy rains pose a serious threat, no matter what the top winds are when the hurricane makes landfall. "I would say everybody should get out". That Category 4 storm destroyed 15,000 buildings and 19 people in North Carolina.

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US braces for worst as 'monster' Hurricane Florence bears down
Emergency officials say they're keeping a close eye on the forecast and where to move resources to respond to the storm. Hurricane Florence is now expected to head more directly west after making landfall , crossing through SC .

"This is going to produce heavy rainfall, and it may not move very fast".

MEAC commissioner Dennis Thomas said the game called off due to Hurricane Florence's approach, citing health and safety considerations for the players and fans.

"Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls".

Power companies warned residents may be without power for days or weeks.

The tristate area continues to be among the most costly for motorists, with New Yorkers paying an average of $3.00 per gallon and CT paying $3.04 per gallon.

The storm is forecast to make landfall in the Carolinas as a strong Category 3 sometime late Thursday or early Friday. At that level, it would still cause "devastating damage", according to the Saffir-Simpson scale.

Farther to the east, Hurricane Helene is now a Category 2 storm, but it's expected to curve harmlessly northward and weaken in the central Atlantic. Tropical Storm Isaac is heading westward toward the central Lesser Antilles, but is a bit weaker, with Guadeloupe, Martinique and Dominica now under tropical storm, not hurricane, warnings.

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