These 5 Reasons Make Hurricane Florence Extremely Dangerous

The National Hurricane Center says Florence is producing tropical storm-force wind gusts in Florence, South Carolina, about 60 miles from the coast.

More than 1.5 million people have been ordered to evacuate along 300 miles of coastline.

Decreasing modestly in strength but expanding in size, Category 3 Hurricane Florence is less than 48 hours away from making landfall on the Southeast American coast with catastrophic impacts, from damaging winds to flash flooding to widespread power outages.

Florence will weaken once it stops drawing energy from warm ocean waters, but it's still expected to make landfall late Thursday or early Friday as an extremely risky major hurricane. "Don't bet your life on riding out a monster".

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand.

"This storm is going to knock out power days into weeks. Those are now more confined to our North Carolina counties", said Ryan Rogers, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Wakefield, on Wednesday.

We are in the Cape Fear region in North Carolina, where residents have been rushing to escape inland.

Almost 1000 prisoners in SC will not be moved from their cells, despite a mandatory evacuation order in the area.

Forecast maps show Florence stalling out just off the coast of the Carolinas for at least 24 hours, starting Friday morning.

And when Florence does get to the Queen City, she's going to bring plenty of rain over several days.

Florence has already set a North Carolina record for rainfall totals, exceeding that of Hurricane Floyd, which struck in 1999 and caused 56 deaths.

"Rather than a very narrow and intense band of winds, the winds are slightly weaker - but [they] cover a much larger area", NHC senior hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart said on Wednesday.

An additional 25 percent of deaths are related to rain, he said. You never know. But we know. Typically, local governments in North Carolina make the call on evacuations.

Aside from the storm surge and coastal flooding, expect colossal freshwater flooding as well.

"We've seen nor'easters and we've seen hurricanes before", Cooper said, "but this one is different".

Melody Rawson evacuated her first-floor apartment in Myrtle Beach and arrived at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, to camp for free with three other adults, her disabled son, two dogs and a pet bird.

Florence is the most unsafe of three tropical systems in the Atlantic.

  • Joey Payne