Airlines begin canceling flights at RDU as Hurricane Florence nears the Carolinas

  • Airlines begin canceling flights at RDU as Hurricane Florence nears the Carolinas

Airlines begin canceling flights at RDU as Hurricane Florence nears the Carolinas

According to Wednesday morning's update from the National Hurricane Center, Florence could park off the coast of the Carolinas on Friday, bringing damaging winds and even extreme storm surges to coastal areas. President Trump said the hurricane is predicted to be one of the worst storms to hit the East Coast in years as he warned residents to be prepared and to be careful.

The storm's maximum sustained winds were clocked at 193km/h, before Florence was downgraded from a Category 4.

Emergency support services may become unavailable and power outages will begin after these winds arrive.

Those facing the most serious threat are in the Carolinas, as Category 4 Hurricane Florence barrels toward the coast, with an expected landfall Friday.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal issued an emergency declaration for all 159 counties in his state.

Governor Deal said yesterday: "The state is mobilising all available resources to ensure public safety ahead of Hurricane Florence".

North Carolina residents rushed to stack up on food, water, toilet paper and other necessities as "monster" Hurricane Florence is set to touchdown in the state early this weekend.

Florence could strengthen some over open water and then weaken as it nears land, but the difference won't make it any less risky, forecaster Stacy Stewart wrote in a National Hurricane Center discussion.

See the progress of Hurricane Florence on a radar map from WAVY in Norfolk, Virginia. Heavy rains were forecast to extend into the Appalachians, affecting parts of Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia.

"It's been really nice", Nicole Roland said. They were expecting to be in SC for 10 to 14 days, according to a spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Pete Piringer.

In Virginia, where about 245,000 residents were ordered to evacuate low-lying areas, officials urged people to remain away from home despite forecast changes showing Florence's path largely missing the state.

Masters said there's a tug-of-war between two clear skies high pressure systems - one off the coast and one over MI - and the more the Great Lakes one wins, the more southerly Florence will be. Forecasters also were tracking two other disturbances. "You feel like you should have already left".

Forecasters anxious the storm's damage will be all the worse if it lingers on the coast.

The new trajectory means the storm will idle at sea for longer, creating even heavier and prolonged rains and storm surges for the Carolinas and possibly northern parts of Georgia.