A police vehicle patrols the beach ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, U.S. September 11, 2018. A Category 5 designation means winds of 253 kilometres per hour or higher.
There is increased fear that Florence "will slow considerably or stall, leading to a prolonged and exceptionally heavy and risky rainfall event Friday-Sunday", the NHC said Tuesday. Miles of traffic slowed to a crawl along the main highway along North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier islands. "Don't bet your life on riding out a monster". And Virginia's governor ordered a mandatory evacuation for some residents of low-lying coastal areas, while some coastal counties in North Carolina have done the same.
Ever since the federal government's inadequate preparation and relief efforts during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 under former president George W Bush, storm preparedness has become an increasingly scrutinized measure of an administration's efficiency.
Meanwhile, as scientists continue their debate, Hurricane Florence is set to cross seas a degree or more warmer than normal on its path to the USA east coast.
Watches in effect Tuesday forecast a storm surge of up to 12 feet at high tide from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout in North Carolina.
Residents prepared by boarding up their homes and stocking up on food, water and other essentials, stripping grocery store shelves of merchandise.
On Monday, a mandatory evacuation order was issued for residents living along the entire 187-mile long SC coast.
He did confirm models were picking up on some wind shear - when wind blows in the opposite direction and disrupts a system - entering the equation around the time of expected landfall late Thursday into Friday.
Since we're more than two days away and surge is very localised, we don't yet have specific forecasts from the National Hurricane Center.
The National Hurricane Center is predicting the storm will produce "catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding".
Perhaps most significantly, the new research finds that rapid intensification appears to be the key mechanism driving stronger storms in a warmer climate. Some gasoline stations also ran low on fuel. Some of the pits were inundated during past storms, including during Floyd and Hurricane Matthew in 2016. However, directly beyond the eye is called the "eye wall", which is the most powerful part of the hurricane.
Hurricane Florence is getting worse. "Florence has rapidly intensified into an extremely risky hurricane", Blake wrote Monday evening that top sustained winds would approach the 157 miles per hour (253 kph) threshold for a worst-case Category 5 scenario.
Amanda Kozlowski, the owner of One Lucky Pup, says they wanted to help the animals as much as possible and she would love to see some of them find forever homes in the Queen City.