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September 12, 2018

Category-3 Hurricane Florence To Make Landfall on the East Coast on Thursday


Hurricane and storm surge warnings have been issued for large parts of North and South Carolina as Hurricane Florence continues to move toward the East Coast. While peak winds have decreased slightly as of Wednesday afternoon, the spread of the storm has increased, potentially causing catastrophic inland flooding in the Carolinas and Virginias.

Presently, Hurricane Florence has maximum sustained winds of 130 mph and is 435 miles south-east of Wilmington, North Carolina. A hurricane-hunter airplane measured 83-foot waves near the eye of Florence, according to a tweet from the National Hurricane Center.

NHC Director Ken Graham says damaging winds and rain could begin hitting the coast late Thursday, pushing a storm surge that could reach 13 feet in places. Rain is expected to continue through Sunday over a wide area.


Both North and South Carolina, as well as the state of Virginia, have issued State of Emergency warnings and mass evacuation orders. If you are currently vacationing in those states, follow local authorities’ instructions and find shelter further inland. Use the Google Crisis Map below to locate a shelter near you. 

If you are staying at a hotel until the hurricane passes, listen to your hotel’s staff who should have a plan in place and will probably ask guests to gather in an event room without windows. By staying in your room, you run the risk of getting hit with breaking window glass. If the winds are very strong, seek shelter in any interior rooms such as a bathroom or a stairwell.

Flights in and out of the Carolinas have been canceled until the hurricane passes. Call your airline carrier or travel agent to cancel, modify your travel plans or for updates on your upcoming trip. 

Remember that fierce winds are not the only danger caused by a hurricane. Flooding is actually a more dangerous aspect of most hurricanes. Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Do not park your vehicle near a stream, pond or river. 

Finally, put together a disaster survival kit. Keep the following supplies near you and put them in a water-tight container: flashlight with extra batteries, battery-powered radio, first aid kit, common medicines (ibuprofen, aspirin, antihistamines), eyeglasses, drinking water, non-perishable foods, change of clothes, cash and credit cards, and copies of all important documents.

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