White House Buckles in For Hurricane Florence

A sign shows a warning before the approaching Hurricane Florence in Wilmington North Carolina on Sept 12 2018

Cloud cover that could encompass multiple states. The GFS model has 20 or so inches of rain falling over the next couple of days and you can see how that rain accumulates over time. Add Hurricane Florence as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Hurricane Florence news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

While Hurricane Florence has sparked state of emergency and mass evacuation, a very unfortunate weather graphic has managed to put a smile on those preparing for the storm. It ranged 59 to 83 feet Wednesday morning. With the storm continuing to track farther south, the Triangle can expect to see about 3 to 6 inches of rain.

ESRI created a tracker to estimate just how many people would be affected by the storm's path given key demographic data from the area inside the error cone.

"I'm not approaching Florence from fear or panic", said Brad Corpening (35), who planned to ride out the storm in his boarded-up delicatessen in Wilmington.

Utility officials have warned that widespread power outages are likely and that it could take weeks to restore electricity. The losses won't be easily or quickly overcome.

Winds of 40 miles per hour or greater will advance onshore in eastern North Carolina during the day on Thursday. There are now fewer tourists to send away.

Residents in coastal areas should follow evacuation orders from local officials because of the potential for life-threatening storm surge flooding. Crabtree Creek frequently floods after heavy rains and is expected to overflow its banks during the the hurricane, he said, but the city can't do anything beyond monitoring the situation and notifying residents as conditions change.

As the storm gets closer to the center of the state, it should weaken to Category 1, but the effects could still be devastating for the Triangle. So, the winds will be winding down much quicker near the coast before those winds get up here.

At least 800 flights have been cancelled or grounded due to the storm's expected landfall, CNN reported. It's a horrifying spectacle to behold, and the hurricane hasn't even struck land yet.

Some Florence evacuees are steering toward Bristol Motor Speedway near the Tennessee-Virginia border and Atlanta Motor Speedway, where campgrounds have been opened for people fleeing the storm. "Be ready to move to the safest place inside your shelter if necessary". Right now the storm does not have a lot of speed behind it, so the rainfall will likely be extensive along the coastal areas, with historic flooding predicted there.

Boarding up his home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Chris Pennington watched the forecasts and tried to decide when to leave. Even once the prison was evacuated, many of its inmates spent months behind bars for minor crimes and traffic offenses while waiting for courts to reopen and hear their cases. The shopping list for people who have made a decision to ride out the storm at home: plywood to board up their windows, sandbags, bilge pumps, generators, trash bags, potato chips, bottled water and wine.

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