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The winds, however, aren’t expected to die down further, and Florence’s forward speed toward the coast is starting to slow, meaning once it makes landfall somewhere along the coast of the Carolinas—right now expected for late Thursday into Friday—will likely linger, without much motion, near the coastline, which could prove disastrous for those in its path. This is a result of the relentless rain which may not let up for some time, leading to heavy flooding, even well inland.
Huge storm surges of up to 13 feet are also feared.
Do not focus on the wind speed category…
…the National Weather Service warned in an early Thursday tweet.
.A FEMA official said…
This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast…
In addition to North and South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, and Maryland are also in the storm’s sights.
The Carolinas’ main power supplier warns it could take weeks to restore power to the millions expected to lose it, per the New York Times. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said…
Disaster is at the doorstep, and it’s coming in. The time to prepare is almost over.
That pretty much says it all, so if you haven’t yet left the threatened locations you best get a move on.
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