Preparation And Resilience As Hurricane Florence Approaches

S Coastal residents leave creative notes for Florence

Tropical Storm Florence dumped "epic" amounts of rain on North and SC as it trudged inland on Saturday, triggering unsafe flooding, toppling trees, cutting power to almost a million homes and businesses while causing at least five deaths.

Helene was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm Thursday.

It explained that the shift in the forecast guidance was the anticipated result of a reduction in Florence's steering flow due to two competing areas of high pressure.

It's unclear exactly how many people fled, but more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out. However, while the hurricane hasn't strengthened in terms of peak winds, the inner-core and outer wind fields have continued to expand, resulting in an increase the cyclone's total energy, which will create a significant storm surge event.

"This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coastline".

The hurricane centre said Florence will approach the coast on Friday and linger for a while before rolling ashore. Hurricane Florence is predicted to hit the Carolinas later this week. It's expected to bring tropical storm conditions and up to 5 inches of rain across the Windward Islands, Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico.

Some predictions are calling for Florence to dump as much as 10 trillion gallons of rain on the region.

Names are only retired "if a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of its name on a different storm would be inappropriate", according to the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration website. The forecast "cone of uncertainty" shows that Florence might severely affect the Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee by Monday. When Hurricane Floyd made landfall near Cape Fear in 1999 as a Category 2 storm, bloated carcasses of hundreds of thousands of hogs, chickens and other drowned livestock bobbed in a nose-stinging soup of fecal matter, pesticides, fertilizer and gasoline so toxic that fish flopped helplessly to escape it.

Reacting to the possibility of a more southerly track, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared an emergency but did not immediately order any evacuations.

"There is going to be a lot of rain".

As of Tuesday, more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out. The agency is in constant contact with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division.

In addition, the threat of storm surges looms for areas in the path of the storm, meaning life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland is possible. At least two dozen utility trucks gathered near Charlotte Motor Speedway to prepare to move in and start restoring power as soon as conditions are safe. One North Carolina woman packed flowers to leave on her son's grave. The couple said they would have had to travel too far inland to find a hotel that would have accepted their animals as guests.

The East Coast isn't the only area facing the brunt of a storm. Meteorologists are warning residents of inland Virginia, North Carolina, and SC of possible inland flooding if the storm stalls out as many models are predicting.