Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm, "is expected to be an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday night" and has triggered a hurricane watch for all of North Carolina and part of SC, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Packing maximum sustained winds of 225km/h, the storm ranked as a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale and was expected to grow stronger and larger over the next few days, the NHC said.
South Carolina State Veterinarian Boyd Parr has suspended some of the requirements for the interstate transport of animals to accommodate evacuations ahead of Hurricane Florence.
"It's one of those situations where you're going to get heavy rain, catastrophic, life-threatening storm surge, and also the winds".
With little wind shear to pull the storm apart, Florence's hurricane wind field is expected to expand over the coming days, increasing its storm surge and inland wind threats. As much as 10 to 20 inches (250-500mm) of rain is forecast from the Carolinas into Virginia as the storm stalls inland.
According to AAA, the storm "will likely have an impact on East Coast gas prices this week should the storm follow its projected path". Usually storms come to the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic from the south - and those usually curve safely out to sea. "It is likely some areas will flood that have never flooded before".
The United States was hit with a series of high-powered hurricanes a year ago, including Hurricane Maria, which killed some 3,000 people in Puerto Rico, and Hurricane Harvey, which killed about 68 people and caused an estimated $1.25 billion in damage with catastrophic flooding in Houston. A hospital in Hampton, Virginia, was transferring patients to safer places.
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After Florence makes landfall, that ridge, now over Washington and NY, will move east - but be replaced by another one forming over the Great Lakes that will likely keep the storm stuck, McNoldy said. East Carolina officials say they had decided the team wouldn't travel to Blacksburg due to "significant imminent safety concerns", including "perilous travel conditions before, during and after the storm".
Florida State, Florida and Miami also had games affected past year. In the six decades since then, many thousands of people have moved to the coast.
UCF and North Carolina are looking at the feasibility of rescheduling for this season, but that remains highly unlikely.
Residents prepared by boarding up their homes and stocking up on food, water and other essentials, stripping grocery store shelves of merchandise.
Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, said classes would be canceled after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, joining other colleges in the state making similar plans. Many gasoline stations were running low on fuel.
Most manure pits could handle up to 25 inches of rain, Curliss said. "If we try to leave, we'll just get stuck in the rain", she said. "Any amounts of money, whatever it takes, we're going to do it".