CoreLogic Estimates $170.2B in Potential Damage From Hurricane Florence

CoreLogic Estimates $170.2B in Potential Damage From Hurricane Florence

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Schools in 26 of the state's 46 counties were to close from Tuesday. Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune urged people to secure their homes but said it was too early to know if evacuations will be ordered.

Early on Tuesday, Florence was centred about 975 miles east-south-east of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and moving west-north-west at almost 15mph.

Lanes will be reversed on four highways, including USA 501, starting at noon Tuesday, McMaster said.

Hyde County officials announced that all Ocracoke Island visitors have been ordered to evacuate starting noon on Monday. Brace said that after S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster ordered an evacuation the property owner asked for the house to be boarded up.

With little wind to pull the storm apart, Florence's hurricane wind field is expected to expand over coming days, increasing its storm surge and inland wind threats.

"The building we're going to board some windows up".

The Post and Courier reports: "The evacuations covers some areas inland prone to flooding, including Berkeley County and parts of Dorchester County".

States of emergency have been declared in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia in preparation for Florence's arrival.

A mandatory evacuation is in order for North Carolina's Hatteras Island, beginning Monday at noon. Currently, Florence has winds of 140 miles per hour (220 kilometers/hour), making it a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, the National Hurricane Center reported. It is forecast to gain strength again as it moves toward the East Coast.

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"The centre of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday, and approach the southeastern coast of the United States on Thursday", the NHC said.

The National Hurricane Center said Tuesday morning that Florence is moving toward the west-northwest near 15 miles per hour (24 kmh) and the storm will continue a slight increase in speed during the next couple of days.

"After 48 hours, a slight increase in southwesterly shear could result in some weakening, but Florence is expected to remain an extremely risky hurricane when it approaches the US coastline".

Maximum wind speeds were 140mph with hurricane-force winds extending up to 40 miles (65km) from the centre.

And on Tybee, rip current conditions continue, so beachgoers are advised to stay out of the water. It's possible that the storm will slow significantly as it moves inland, stalling out and dumping huge amounts of rain, Pallozzi says. "This could result in significant river flooding across portions of the state into next week".

Ships undergoing maintenance and unable to leave port can add storm lines, drop anchor and disconnect power lines, according to the Navy. Gen. Robert E. Livingston Jr., head of the National Guard.

"This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast", said Jeff Byard, associate administrator for response and recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"Action today can avoid losses due to Florence", he said.

McMaster said folks should prepare for a lot of flooding in the Pee Dee area. "Don't take a chance".

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