UA hurricane experts weigh in as Hurricane Florence draws near

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Find out now if you live in a flood prone area or a location that will be greatly impacted by storm surge. "Don't bet your life on riding out a monster", North Carolina Gov. Cooper said, as quoted by The Associated Press. One computer model forecasts 27 inches of rain in Wilmington, North Carolina by Tuesday.

The eastbound lanes of several major highways have been shut down to allow traffic to flow inland, but the exodus was slow along roads jammed with outward-bound vehicles.

The eye was about 530 miles southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving west-northwest at 17 miles per hour. "Everyone was sold out", she said.

Hurricane and storm surge warnings are in place from South Santee River, South Carolina, to Duck, North Carolina. For now, it appears 4 to 7 inches of rain could fall, but if the storms takes a more southerly track into SC that would reduce the rainfall.

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland were trying to time their evacuation from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand.

Hurricane Florence is now a massive Category 4 hurricane.

"The power will be off for weeks", Long said.

The last time the U.S. capital declared a state of emergency was in January 2016 when a winter storm dubbed "Snowzilla" blanketed the capital region in knee-deep snow. It's gaining strength and could even be upgraded to Category 5 before it makes landfall early Friday, according to forecasts. Shutdowns also were possible at two more plants in the path of predicted hurricane-force winds.

The American Red Cross said more than 700 workers were headed to the region while shelters had been set up for those unable to flee.

The National Hurricane Center Tuesday afternoon increased its rainfall forecast to 15 to 25 inches of rain and 35 inches in isolated spots.

"This will be a storm that's going to be far larger than we have seen in perhaps decades", Trump said. "We are totally prepared", Trump said at the White House.

"This is not going to be a glancing blow", warned Jeff Byard, an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Charleston International Airport in SC tweeted that it expected to close runways by midnight Wednesday.

On Tuesday evening, the National Hurricane Center issues storm surge warnings for the areas around the Outer Banks in North Carolina and the South Santee River in SC. In South Carolina, close to the Georgia line, Beaufort County emergency chief Neil Baxley told residents they need to prepare again for the worst just in case. Many gasoline stations were running low on fuel. "What is flooding going to do to our home, our city?" "Now it might be time for the exam", he said.

"Where alse can we go?" "[It will] just dump feet of rain- we're talking 2 to 3 feet of rain- over parts of North Carolina".