East Coast Gasoline Prices Are Surging Ahead Of Hurricane Florence

Clark Diaz
September 14, 2018

President Trump and his administration are buckling in for Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 hurricane expected to slam into the Carolinas by Friday.

Meanwhile, a weakened jet stream means that Florence is more likely to linger in the region, raising the spectre of devastating flooding from as much as 75cm of rain.

Hurricane watches are in place around most of the SC coast, and tropical storm warnings were in effect in southern Virginia.

"We hope to have something left when we get home", she said.

Several prominent beaches along North Carolina's southern coast closest to where Florence was expected to pass as of Wednesday morning were under the mandatory evacuation order. Florence has triggered more than 1 million evacuations and expectations of as much as US$27 billion (S$37 billion) in damages.

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The threat has sparked a rush of evacuation efforts in SC and North Carolina, with more than a million people urged to get out of Florence's way.

One trusted computer model, the European simulation, predicted more than 45 inches (115 centimeters) in parts of North Carolina.

"I'm not approaching Florence from fear or panic", said Brad Corpening, 35, who planned to ride out the storm in his boarded-up delicatessen in Wilmington.

It was a potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm but was expected to keep drawing energy from the warm water and intensify to near Category 5, which means winds of 157 miles per hour (253 kph) or higher.

"This one really scares me", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said. On Wednesday, forecasters said it had shifted slightly south, and would rake the shoreline from Georgetown, South Carolina, to Wilmington, North Carolina.

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The National Weather Service calls it a "storm of a lifetime" - and for good reason.

This story was originally published about the threat of storm surge posed by Hurricane Irma.

Florence is now a Category 4 Hurricane barrelling towards the US East Coast with some experts claiming it will make a direct hit.

"Do you want to get hit with a train or do you want to get hit with a cement truck?" said Jeff Byard, an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. All lanes of Interstate 26 are westbound to allow more people to leave the coast and head inland toward the state capital of Columbia. You're going to be displaced from your home in the coastal areas. Storm surge warnings indicate a danger of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the coastline during the coming 36 hours.

"We've already been flooded three times, but it should be a completely different story this time around", he said.

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While South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster lifted the evacuation order for Beaufort, Jasper and Colleton counties late Tuesday morning, officials in Beaufort County are urging residents to take this storm seriously.

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