Will Hurricane Florence Hit Massachusetts? What To Expect

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In neighbouring Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan said his state was readying for potentially "historic and catastrophic rainfall, life-threatening flooding, and high winds".

The National Hurricane Center listed the massive storm moving west-northwest at 17 miles per hour with winds about 130 miles per hour, and expected to reach the coast Thursday night to Friday morning, The News & Observer reported. Its maximum sustained winds are expected to top 145 miles per hour before it loses some steam near the coast.

However, the NHC said that the center of this Florence will be moving all over the southwestern part of Atlantic Ocean which will be between Bahamas and Bermuda according to the NHC this natural event is going to take place in those two areas on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, however this will not stop there.

A hurricane warning - meaning hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours - is in effect for a long stretch of the coast, from the Santee River in SC to Duck, N.C. - part of the Outer Banks.

Meteorologists warn there could be up to 40 inches of rain in some areas.

North Carolina officials said there had been at least seven storm-related fatalities in the state, with unconfirmed reports of a further three deaths. "Disaster is at the doorstep and it's coming in".

The National Hurricane Center's projected track has Florence hovering off the southern North Carolina coast from Thursday night until landfall on Saturday morning.

In a video message Trump also implored residents to "get out of the storm's way". Heavy rains were forecast to extend into the Appalachians, affecting parts of Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia. From there, people will be transported to open shelters, he said.

Faced with new forecasts that showed a more southerly threat, Georgia's governor joined his counterparts in Virginia and North and SC in declaring a state of emergency, and some residents who had thought they were safely out of range boarded up their homes.

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President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid.

The threat has sparked a rush of evacuation efforts in SC and North Carolina, with more than a million people urged to get out of Florence's way. By late Wednesday, authorities in North Carolina reported almost 7,000 evacuees staying in 71 emergency shelters throughout the state.

"Been through it!" Belli said, referring to Hurricane Hugo, which caused widespread damage in SC in 1989.

Storm surge, the massive mound of water that builds up and comes ashore during a hurricane, is often the deadliest and most destructive threat from the storms.

Many grocery stores and pharmacies have been filled this week with people reaching for extra supplies and provisions.

"The concern is about people who are very young or very old, who don't have much money or access to transportation, who do not speak the predominant language or have access to information", Thomas Tighe, of Direct Relief, said. All seven of North Carolina's ferry routes were shut down.

Duke Energy, the nation's No. 2 power company, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks.

Wilmington, just north of where Florence appeared headed for shore, grew empty and quiet on Wednesday. The couple have boarded up their uncle's condominium and are leaving soon as Hurricane Florence approaches. "It's going to happen. We just need to figure out how to make it through".

In Wilmington, N.C., the fire department is urging people to prepare for at least seven days of hardship, collecting water and nonperishable foods. Shelters in the city were filling and some people were being bused inland to Raleigh, even though some residents there were told they might have to evacuate because of flooding.

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