"Between the lines: Hurricane Florence could become the strongest hurricane on record to strike so far north if it makes landfall north of the border between SC and North Carolina as a Category 4 or 5 storm".
As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, the Category 4 storm was about 435 miles southeast of Wilmington, N.C., and moving northwest at about 16 mph.
"So if the hurricane does actually make it inland in North Carolina before making that turn west or south, that would further weaken the hurricane and potentially weaken the effects for the Beaufort area as it heads south or west". Coastal North Carolina could see 20 to 30 inches as well.
"Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you". He rescinded the order for Beaufort and Jasper counties Tuesday morning, but officials have not ruled out the possibility of another evacuation order.
With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand.
As the storm moves inland, forecasters warned, the surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 11 feet of ocean water, and days of downpours could unload more than 3 feet of rain, touching off severe flooding.
Florence is one of the strongest hurricanes to hit the eastern coast in decades.
The storm, which fell from category four to category three on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, is expected to strengthen despite it weakening on Wednesday. For example, the seas off of Wilmington, North Carolina have risen 7.5 inches since 1935, according to NOAA.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper predicted tens of thousands of homes and businesses would be flooded in his state.
Axios: "The ties between Hurricane Florence and climate change" - "Hurricane Florence is a unique Atlantic hurricane, projected to stall out after hitting land and forecast to dump upwards of 2 feet of rain on several states, much like Hurricane Harvey did in Texas past year".
"These storms can be very disruptive to regional economies, and it takes time for them to recover", said Ryan Sweet, an economist at Moody's Analytics. Workers at Florence Toyota in Florence, South Carolina, plan to pull high-value luxury vehicles into the service bays on Thursday to protect them.
The pivot in the forecasted track of Florence led Georgia's governor to declare a state of emergency for all 159 counties, home to 10.5 million people.
She said it will become a "major flooding event".
And while take-offs aboard the Gulfstream 4 aircraft are smooth, once they enter a hurricane it's intense, and the flights last for eight hours.
Authorities, including President Trump and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), are urging residents in the Carolinas as well as parts of Virginia and Georgia to evacuate as the storm continues its path. "It's called Mother Nature".
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