UAE residents and tourists in the United States have been issued a warning by the UAE Embassy in Washington to be cautious of Hurricane Florence. Instead, the storm is now expected to make landfall over Wilmington, traveling south over Myrtle Beach between Friday and Saturday, and then traveling through SC and North Carolina to the Tennessee border through Sunday into Monday.
The warning was issued on Wednesday by the UAE Embassy on its Twitter account.
Storm surge is also expected to produce "life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, during the next 36 hours in the indicated locations", says the National Hurricane Center. Coastal areas in both Carolinas have taken steps to evacuate residents and tourists, including a mandatory evacuation in SC.
At least 25 million residents are at risk from the storm and experts predict its current path could cause up to $170 billion worth of damage, hit up to 759,000 homes and businesses and become the costliest storm to ever hit the U.S. "Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you".
But the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday evening that the storm is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and rainfall to the Carolinas as it approaches the coast Thursday and Friday.
Incredible time-lapse footage filmed from a hurricane-hunting plane shows what's it's like to fly through the eye of Florence, the storm that's already forced more than 1 million people to evacuate. "We'll handle it. We're ready, we're able. It's a big one", he said at the White House.
As of 5 P.M. Wednesday, the "storm of a lifetime" continued to make its way toward the Carolina coast, with max winds of up to 120 miles per hour.
And in the path of where Florence is expected to make landfall, Gordon Reddick - also a hurricane veteran of Bertha, Fran, Bonnie, Hanna - believes he can wait out yet another storm.
Moreover, high tides around noon and midnight these next few days will make the storm surges even worse, Samson said.
"Do you want to get hit with a train or do you want to get hit with a cement truck?" said Jeff Byard, an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Some reactors are undergoing prestorm checks now, and their reactors will be shut down 12 hours before the hurricane arrives, Green said.
Utility officials have warned that widespread power outages are likely and that it could take weeks to restore electricity.
Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale on Thursday evening and was moving west at only 6 miles per hour (9 km/h).
The storm was heading for the coast of North and SC but heavy rain was also expected in Virginia to the north and Georgia to the south.
However, the NHC warned that Florence still poses a deadly threat to a wide stretch of the US Eastern Seaboard, from southern Georgia into southern Virginia, capable of unleashing rain-fuelled catastrophic flooding of rivers and low-lying areas.
"The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety", Deal said.
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Emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Handout. / Reuters Three North Carolina Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopters land as part of storm preparation for Hurricane Florence at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S. September 12, 2018.
In Wilmington, Solange Iliou Thompson closed down her restaurant, Indochine, because all of her employees had left the city.
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