Hurricane Florence Loses Steam, but Shifting Forecast Predicts Huge Rainfall

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Forecasters predict the storm surge from Hurricane Florence could top 13 feet, enough to send water a half mile inland.

There is also the potential for waterspouts and tornadoes in advance of, during and after Florence makes landfall. We woke up today and saw the storm is looking less scary!

Hurricane Florence has slowed as it approaches Wilmington, now marching at 5 miles per hour as it continues to aim its center at Wilmington, according to a 5 p.m. briefing by the National Hurricane Center.

More than 20 people were killed in the Palmetto State. The more it stalls, the more it rains.

The National Hurricane Center says the outer rain bands of Hurricane Florence are approaching the coast of North Carolina. The Charleston area is under a storm surge watch.

The storm's size and area affected by hazardous winds have actually expanded, and the threat from storm and rain-induced flooding "have not changed" tweeted Rick Knabb, The Weather Channel's tropical weather expert and former Hurricane Center director.

Time is running short to get out of the way of Hurricane Florence, a monster of a storm that has a region of more than 10 million people in its potentially devastating sights as it zeroes in on the Southeastern coast.

This shift to the south certainly brings Charlotte into play for much heavier rainfall, and I think that's going to be the biggest issue that we're going to have to deal with in the Charlotte area is soaking heavy rains that could fall not only over a day but maybe several days after landfall.

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More than 1,200 USA airline flights scheduled for Thursday and Friday have been canceled, according to the flight-tracking service FlightAware.

"I don't care if this goes down to a Category 1", CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said on Thursday.

Although the suggestive graphic was presumably an accident, it is somehow a fitting representation for a storm that has already been described as "tremendously big and tremendously wet" in a White House briefing from Donald Trump this Tuesday. The more the Great Lakes one wins, the more southerly Florence will be. The projected path shows the storm moving from near Wilmington, North Carolina to near Columbia, South Carolina. "So many weird/outlandish solutions - but that's what happens when the steering currents collapse". Parts of the Carolinas could see 50 cm to 76 cm, with isolated areas getting 101 cm, over seven days along the coast. "Kind of like Sandy", said George Kourounis, a storm-chaser from Toronto, who is in Wilmington, N.C. Hurricane Sandy formed in the Atlantic in 2012, hitting Jamaica and the Bahamas as a Category 1. As it sits over a particular area longer, there is more rainfall.

The storm's eye was about 145 miles southeast of Wilmington as of 11 a.m., the briefing said. Tropical Storm Olivia has made landfall in the Hawaiian islands, the Philippines are bracing for the powerful typhoon Mangkhut, and Tropical Storm Isaac is nearing the Leeward Islands.

"As it tracks towards the United Kingdom it will degrade - it will become an ex-tropical storm".

The winds had been as high as 225 kph earlier in the week, but North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned against complacency because of the drop.