Hundreds more flights canceled as Florence nears the Carolina coastal area

President Donald Trump said the United States was

President Donald Trump said the United States was"ready for a hit from Hurricane Florence a monster storm of historic proportions

The storm had also picked up considerable speed and was racing west at 21 miles per hour toward the Lesser Antilles. We only need to remember that tropical storm Irene was not a hurricane when it created tremendous damage to homes and covered bridges in Vermont in 2011. Closer to central North Carolina, Fayetteville could see winds of 27 miles per hour.

Isaac, along with Florence, Helene and two other systems increasingly likely to form, have set a hectic pace for the Atlantic - even busier than a year ago when Harvey, Isaac and Maria made landfall within three weeks of each other. Vanotteren and his friend Bailey Gaddis said the waves have gotten bigger and better every evening as the storm approaches. Only one storm scared them enough to leave the island. "It's a nasty interplay that makes it very hard".

Even though the storm's category fell from a 4 to a 2 Wednesday (local time), forecasters stressed the category is only an evaluation of the storm's peak winds in a very narrow core near the center of the storm.

The strongest winds will occur where and when the storm makes landfall in a ring around the calm eye of the storm known as the eyewall.

Forecasters anxious the storm's damage will be all the worse if it lingers on the coast.

And while some people may think that Florence doesn't possess the same punch Harvey did since it's only a Category 2 storm, there is a comparison: Sandy.

And then there's the major slowdown that's expected: as of Thursday, Florence was moving roughly 17 km/h, but once it makes landfall, it's expected to nearly stall, with its forward speed dropping to just 9 km/h or less. Most wind damage will occur Friday and early Saturday as the storm slowly passes through southern North Carolina into SC. That forecast area also includes part of southwest Virginia.

Vickie Grate, left, waits in a shelter with her son Chris, center, and his girlfriend Sarah, who only gave their first names, for Hurricane Florence to pass after evacuating from their nearby homes, in Conway, South Carolina, Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

The bottom line is that damage from winds and the storm surge is likely to be more typical of past hurricanes, but the freshwater flooding still looks to create major property damage, which could lead to loss of life if residents haven't heeded the warnings of their local officials.

"Little change in strength is expected before the center reaches the coast, with weakening expected after the center moves inland", the National Hurricane Center said.

As of 8:00 am (1200 GMT), the eye of the storm was 170 miles (275 km) east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving northwest at 12 mph. Storm winds could intensify through the day and tonight, but weaken slightly Thursday as it nears the coast.

"Power outages will linger the longest and cause the most trouble", Abrams says.

A smaller hurricane dubbed Isaac is reportedly heading for the Caribbean, while Hurricane Helene - now also in the Atlantic - is forecast to track towards the UK.

The outer bands of wind and rain caused by the storm were already lashing North Carolina on Thursday morning. While early on Wednesday the odds of it forming dropped, by afternoon forecasters had again increased the chance to 70 percent over two days. A hurricane hunter plane is scheduled to investigate the system Thursday.

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