Hurricane Florence has ingredients that make experts worry

\'Life-Threatening\' Hurricane Florence Now Forecast to Bring \'Catastrophic\' Flooding

Florence may grow to a Category 5 hurricane by the time it hits the North Carolina coast early Friday morning.

More than 1 million people were ordered to evacuate their homes along the US southeast coast as Hurricane Florence, the most powerful storm to threaten the Carolinas in almost three decades, barreled closer on Tuesday.

A hurricane watch is now in effect from Edisto Beach, South Carolina to the southern border of Virginia.

"This will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast, and that's saying a lot given the impacts we've seen from Hurricanes Diana, Hugo, Fran, Bonnie, Floyd, and Matthew".

The new production facility is located near Charleston, a coastal city that falls within the National Weather Service's cone of uncertainty for a possible direct hit from the Category 4 storm.

South Carolina's governor ordered the evacuation of the state's entire coastline on Tuesday and predicted that a million people would flee as major roads reverse directions.

Hurricane Florence is still on track for a big impact in the Carolinas, while ME stays dry and seasonably warm.

In its own release, Virginia Tech officials said they had planned to wait until Wednesday to review updated storm projections before making a determination on the game.

Crews also prepared 16 nuclear reactors in the three-state region for the storm.

It is then forecast to close in on North or SC on Thursday, hitting a stretch of coastline that is vulnerable to rising sea levels due to climate change.

Communities in Florence's path could be without electricity for weeks due to downed power lines and flooded equipment, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long said.

The hurricane watch notice is significant because it signals the opening of a 48-hour window for the expected first arrival of tropical storm-force winds. A hospital in Hampton, Virginia, was transferring patients to safer places.

Even as the computer models that meteorologists use to derive their forecasts converged on the idea that the hurricane will not make a northward turn away from land before reaching the United States, it became more evident that a growing area of high pressure north of the storm would cause the storm to slow down - perhaps even stalling - once it reaches the coast. "We are sharing information with local officials so they can prepare".

Bloomberg reported September 11 that due to Hurricane Florence's threat to the hog-heavy Carolina region October hog futures jumped as much as 2.9 percent on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Monday.

Florida State, Florida and Miami also had games affected a year ago. Florence's storm surge threatens more than 750,000 homes in the region, according to the property analytics firm CoreLogic. It's expected to strike far north of where Hurricane Hazel arrived, close to the South Carolina/North Carolina border, in October 1954.

Residents boarded up their homes and stripped grocery stores bare of food, water and supplies.

"Prolonged and exceptionally heavy" rains will also inundate parts of the coast and inland areas, the National Hurricane Center said.

"The levels are in pretty good shape to handle the rain, but it all depends on how much rain we get", Ashby said.

"Where else can we go?"

Landfall is expected late Thursday or early Friday, and on its current path the eye of the storm will pass near Wilmington and the southern beach towns.

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