Hurricane Florence weakens to Category 2 storm, closing in on US

Jo Lloyd
September 13, 2018

While Hurricane Florence is making a million residents of the Southeast face evacuate their homes, hog farmers are facing a much different kind of evacuation: draining the massive manure lagoons that result from high-density factory farming, before the storm floods them out. 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.

Here are five recent images featuring Hurricane Florence.

Florence, now a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (209 km/h), was previously expected to travel north, up the North Carolina coast, after making landfall, according to the statement. Parts of North Carolina could get 1m of rainfall. Nathan Deal issued an emergency declaration for the entire state to ease regulations on trucks hauling gasoline and relief supplies.

Young said that Holiday Retirement - which owns Eagle Crest and several other facilities along the southeastern coast, from Savannah, Ga., to the Chesapeake Bay - is at an advantage because its facilities have been in the path of major storms many times in the past.

"Heed the warnings", Mr Byard said.

The storm will stay over this area of the U.S. through the weekend with North Carolina cities Wilmington and Jacksonville expected to receive up to 130 centimetres of rain.

"North Carolina, my message is clear", a grim Gov. Roy Cooper said at a briefing today.

An NHC plane flying inside the storm found that pressure is continuing to drop, indicating its strength may still be growing.

Waves 83 feet high were measured near the eye of Florence, according to a tweet from the National Hurricane Center.

"This is a very risky hurricane", Mr McMaster said, adding that the evacuation order for coastal counties was "mandatory, not voluntary".

They passed right by Dolly Whittington's house, but she said she's not leaving.

Evacuations were imposed for parts of three East Coast states Tuesday as millions of Americans prepared for what could become one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the Eastern Seaboard in decades. "That means the more trees that could fall, the more power outages", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said.

Shepard Smith and Flaherty said reports showed storm surge from the system is likely to be felt dozens of miles inland, including along the Neuse River Basin - which stretches inward from New Bern toward Rocky Mount and Nashville, N.C.

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