Will Hurricane Florence Hit Myrtle Beach, SC? When?

Will Hurricane Florence Hit Myrtle Beach, SC? When?

Will Hurricane Florence Hit Myrtle Beach, SC? When?

Hurricane Florence, a risky Category 3 storm, is expected to bring catastrophic flooding to the Southeast and may dump as much as 40 inches of rain in North Carolina alone.

As of 11am local time, the storm was centred 485 miles south east of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving at 15mph.

The peak wind forecast predictions are now at 60-80 miles-per-hour with gusts to 100 miles-per-hour possible, with a potential for higher sustained winds of 74 to 110 mph wind in the Myrtle Beach area from Thursday morning through Saturday afternoon.

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.

The rainfall could be historic and the flooding unprecedented, the National Weather Service office in Newport, North Carolina, warned Wednesday.

The winds cover an area more than 53,000 square miles - which is larger than the entire state of North Carolina.

"Later in the period, the dynamical model spread increases but most of the guidance has continued its southward shift, and now take Florence southwestward near the coast of SC by day 4", the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday.

"I can't emphasize enough the potential for unbelievable damage from wind, storm surge and inland flooding with this storm", one NWS forecaster said.

At this height of the Atlantic hurricane season, Florence was being trailed on east-to-west paths by two other storms, Hurricane Helene and Tropical Storm Isaac, but neither packs the deadly punch of Florence.

Forecasters have adjusted Hurricane Florence's predicted path, saying that after it makes landfall, it will likely take a more southerly route than had previously been expected.

Storm surge flooding does not include floods caused by the heavy rain from the hurricane, such as what happened previous year in Houston with Hurricane Harvey and in North Carolina in 2016 during Hurricane Matthew.

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

Up to 3 million of Duke Energy's 4 million Carolina customers could experience outages, the company said.

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

"This week alone, we've shipped more than 1 million bottles of water, along with food, flashlights, batteries, phone chargers, cleaning supplies and more". The most of the storm's impact is expected to hit on Thursday night. To be a Category 3 storm, a hurricane must have sustained winds at or below 129 miles per hour.

Florence is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 20 to 30 inches along the North Carolina coast - and possibly 40 inches in some spots.

"This storm is going to be a direct hit", he added.

"Just because we have a landfall to your south, that doesn't mean you're out of the woods, because the winds are huge around this system", NHC Director Ken Graham said, pointing out the wide risk of flooding. "It goes well inland".

"This is not going to be a glancing blow", Jeff Byard, an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, warned.

"Bad things can happen when you're talking about a storm this size", Trump said Wednesday morning. "We know there's probably going to be loss of power for a number of days".

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