Florence weakens but could linger for longer

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And Florence will nearly surely depress auto production in SC, where Volvo already has closed a new factory near Charleston because it's in an area under mandatory evacuation orders, said spokesman Russell Datz.

BMW of North America has a plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, almost 300 miles (483 km) inland from the life-threatening hurricane's projected point of landfall on Friday, and automobile shipments were diverted.

He said five deaths were confirmed from the storm and "several others are under investigation", and urged people to heed evacuation orders.

The 266 inmates assigned to Palmer were moved to Turbeville a more secure prison. Combined, North and SC boast an economy bigger than Saudi Arabia's. Due to security reasons, we do not announce advanced inmate movements. The trend is "exceptionally bad news", said University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy, since it "smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge". In Hurricane Sandy in 2012, storm surge-induced flooding measured as high as 9 feet above ground in parts of NY and New Jersey, leading to billions of dollars in damages. More than 60 people had to be rescued in another town as a cinderblock motel collapsed at the height of the storm's fury.

Hurricane Florence has weakened to a Category 2 storm as it approaches landfall in the U.S. - but it is very slow moving and could linger the coastline bringing catastrophic flooding and heavy losses to insurers.

More than 10 million people are in the crosshairs of Hurricane Florence as storm force winds move within hours of battering the United States east coast.

After appearing headed toward the North Carolina-Virginia border at one point, Florence shifted south and is now taking aim at the Carolinas.

The country's No. 2 power company said Wednesday that it's anticipating 1 million to 3 million homes and businesses could lose power for lengthy periods, depending on the storm's track.

Saturday's scheduled game between SC and Marshall has been canceled.

Aside from safety concerns, Atlantic Coast Conference schools face scheduling obstacles, monetary implications and bowl considerations. Residents will begin experiencing the tropical force winds on Thursday morning with hurricane force winds expected to arrive on Thursday evening just ahead of the landfall.

He notes that forecasts for the weekend show a continued threat to southwest Virginia as the storm is expected to make a gradual northerly turn. Up to 3 inches of rainfall are expected for parts of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic and Haiti, possibly causing life-threatening flash flooding.

Waves from Hurricane Florence pound the Bogue Inlet Pier in Emerald Isle N.C., Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. The commanding general says anyone remaining on base will have food, water and protection despite being in the projected path of the storm. The National Weather Center upgraded Subtropical Storm Joyce to Tropical Storm Joyce in its 11 p.m. Thursday update. That system could develop into a tropical depression by Friday.