83-Foot Wave Recorded By Satellite Monitoring Hurricane Florence

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Even in downgrading Florence, which is expected to crash into the Carolinas late Thursday night or early Friday, the National Hurricane Center predicted "life-threatening storm surge", "catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding", and "damaging hurricane-force winds".

Rainfall also is swelling waterways: Meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com calculated that 34 million people in the USA are forecast to get at least 3 inches of rain from Hurricane Florence, with more than 5.7 million people probably getting at least a foot of rain.

Faced with new forecasts that showed a more southerly threat, Georgia's governor joined his counterparts in Virginia and North and SC in declaring a state of emergency, and some residents who had thought they were safely out of range boarded up their homes.

President Donald Trump said his administration was "as ready as anybody has ever been" to respond to the storm.

They don't retire the name of every hurricane - and there's already a buzz that Florence will join the likes of Hazel (1954), Hugo (1989), Fran (1996) and Isabel (2003), the four most destructive hurricanes to strike the southeastern United States.

We will remind, earlier it was reported that the USA has cancelled 1,000 flights due to a powerful hurricane Florence.

Portions of a boat dock and boardwalk are destroyed by powerful wind and waves as Hurricane Florence arrives September 13, 2018, in Atlantic Beach, N.C.

Perry says his department has been in contact with power companies and gas pipeline operators.

It diminished from hurricane force as it came ashore, but forecasters said the 350-mile-wide storm's slow progress across North and SC could leave much of the region under water in the coming days.

Florence might not be the only massive storm the East Coast will have to contend with over the course of the next several days.

More than 60 people, including many children, were evacuated from a hotel in Jacksonville, North Carolina, after strong winds collapsed part of the roof.

Steve Troxler, North Carolina's Agriculture Commissioner, says preparation is key to minimizing losses.

More than 16 inches of rain have fallen in southeast North Carolina and another 20 to 25 inches is on the way, the hurricane center said. "We're able", Trump said Wednesday outside the White House.

Anxious about how the government will respond to Hurricane Florence's devastation?

The U.S. Coast Guard said it closed the ports of Wilmington and Moorehead City in North Carolina and restricted port operations in Charleston, South Carolina. Airlines had canceled almost 1,000 flights and counting.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city tweeted around 2 a.m. Friday.

"In 12 or 18 hours, they may be saying different things all over again", he said.

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

About 1,600 animals at the North Carolina Zoo are hunkered down, with zoo workers moving swiftly to get elephants, giraffes, chimpanzees and hundreds of other species indoors to safety.

"But I'm staying", she said. "We just need to figure out how to make it through".

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

Blowing ashore with howling 90 miles per hour winds, Florence splintered buildings, trapped hundreds of people and swamped entire communities along the Carolina coast Friday in what could be just the opening act in a watery, two-part, slow-motion disaster. While the reporter has faced scorn from some, for others it brought much needed comedic relief during the deadly storm, reports news.com.au.

"It's been really nice", Nicole Roland said. "If they're telling you to leave, you have to leave", Graham said.

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