As Hurricane Florence gets closer and closer to landfall, millions are being evacuated from South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.
Latest reports have the center of Florence approaching the coasts of North and SC on Thursday.
This was clearly a pre-written tweet timed to be released at 3:00 p.m., but the timing of it seems like a clear attack on East Carolina and their "fear" of playing Virginia Tech through a deadly hurricane. He said all the calls for reservations were coming from either SC and North Carolina where the damage is supposed to be the worst.
Weather Underground meteorology director Jeff Masters said Florence eventually could strike as merely a Category 1 hurricane with winds less than 100 miles per hour, but that's still enough to cause at least $1 billion in damage.
Landfall is expected late Thursday or early Friday, and the National Hurricane Center fears the storm "will slow considerably or stall, leading to a prolonged and exceptionally heavy and risky rainfall event Friday-Sunday".
On Thursday, as the middle schoolers and all other public school students throughout Sumter and 25 other counties had a hurricane-induced vacation from school - starting Tuesday and until further notice - Goldstein sent an email with photos of Florence, which Sumter School District posted on Facebook.
Businesses across the Carolinas, Virginia and Georgia will likely suffer financial losses from the approaching storm, with ports closing, farmers moving their livestock and expected power outages that could last for weeks.
Their entire neighborhood evacuated in Wilmington, North Carolina, David and Janelle Garrigus planned to ride out Florence at their daughter's one-bedroom apartment in Charlotte. "It's going to happen".
"We normally take pets for one floor but during the hurricane we make exceptions", said Maureen McGuire, director of sales at Wyndham Garden Jacksonville near Interstate 95 and J. Turner Butler Boulevard. "We just need to figure out how to make it through".
"I've never seen the president and all these other people talk the way they're talking", he said while waiting for an evacuation bus.
"We're a good community up there".
Sib McLellan, left, and his wife, Lisa, prepare for Hurricane Florence.
"Data from an Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter aircraft along with satellite imagery and various intensity estimates indicate that Florence has weakened instead of strengthening". REUTERS/Randall HillDennis Kernodle talks on the phone during storm preparations of his oceanfront home ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, U.S. September 12, 2018.
Even miles away from the Atlantic, North Carolina residents in low-lying areas are boarding up and emptying stores.
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Officials in the potential path of Florence urged people to evacuate their coastal homes and directed drivers away from the coast. He asked citizens in danger zones to heed warnings because "your time is running out". "Inland flooding kills a lot of people".
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That will be in addition to a storm surge that could reach nine feet. "This storm will bring destruction to North Carolina ", Gov. Amparo did not specify how many modular units were on hand to respond to Hurricane Florence , but said it was "more than 2,000".
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By early evening, almost 70,000 residents were without electricity, according to North Carolina Emergency Management. Zookeepers and veterinarians resolved to hunker down with the creatures and see them through the storm.
He asked citizens in danger zones to heed warnings because "your time is running out". "Inland flooding kills a lot of people". Forecasts generally project Florence to make landfall in southeastern North Carolina on Friday as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane.
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