As Hurricane Florence nears, live surf cam videos show impact on Carolinas

Dramatic Change In Path Projected As Cat 4 Hurricane Florence Closes In On Coast

Dramatic Change In Path Projected As Cat 4 Hurricane Florence Closes In On Coast

The massive storm will impact millions as it charges toward the southeastern USA, and is expected to bring with it massive amounts of rain, unsafe flooding and powerful storm surges.

Tropical storm force winds are thought to be just hours away from making landfall in North Carolina.

The Port of Virginia in Hampton Roads was closed Wednesday but planned to reopen Thursday on news that Florence had veered south.

This rainfall could cause unsafe flash flooding. Those four storms are brewing at the same time Hurricane Olivia is pounding Hawaii. As it turns into southern SC.

Hurricane Florence's sustained wind speeds have lessened slightly to 105 miles per hour, but the storm is already bringing surges and tropical storm winds to the North Carolina shore, the National Hurricane Center said in an 11 a.m. briefing.

"Just because we have a landfall to the south doesn't mean your out of the woods because the wind around this storm is huge", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said Wednesday morning.

The path of Hurricane Florence could affect the homes of more than 5 million people, and more than 1 million of them have been ordered to evacuate.

Favorable wind patterns. Higher sea levels that exacerbate storm surge. "Life-threatening storm surge and rainfall expected". Then, it will likely hover along the coast Saturday, pushing up to 13 feet (nearly 4 meters) of storm surge and dumping 20 to 30 inches (50 to 75 centimeters) of rain on both states, before slogging over the Appalachian Mountains.

The impact of storm surge on the coast will depend on whether the storm's arrival coincides with high tide.

Florence, however, continues to threaten the east coast as a fierce storm that could trigger flooding as far south as Georgia.

Panovich: Right now it looks like landfall is going to occur sometime early Friday morning between, I would say, 4 a.m. and probably about 8 a.m., but it might actually never make it all the way in.

Slightly lesser rainfall of three inches is forecast across Puerto Rico and the southern United States Virgin Islands, with up to an inch anticipated across the remaining Windward and the Leeward Islands.

Hurricane Florence has weakened somewhat early Thursday as its outer bands approach the North Carolina coast, but weather officials cautioned that the storm will still bring life-threatening conditions.

There are several hazards to land as a result of tropical storm Isaac with rainfall expected to reach a total of six inches across Martinique, Dominica, and Guadeloupe, especially over elevated terrain. But the damage to energy facilities is likely to be far milder than the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey, which previous year battered Houston, the heart of the USA energy industry.

Subtropical Storm Joyce, which formed in the North Atlantic Tuesday, is also not expected to hit the U.S. It is forecast to become a tropical storm in the next day or so while drifting to the southwest.

That system could develop into a tropical depression by Thursday night.

Meteorologists are also keeping an eye on yet another tropical disturbance that's spinning in the western Gulf of Mexico. The NHC is encouraging officials in northeastern Mexico, Texas and Louisiana to monitor its progress.