"And if that's the case, it would continue to be over warm water and it would (retain) its hurricane status a little while longer before weakening into a tropical storm".
Axios: "The ties between Hurricane Florence and climate change" - "Hurricane Florence is a unique Atlantic hurricane, projected to stall out after hitting land and forecast to dump upwards of 2 feet of rain on several states, much like Hurricane Harvey did in Texas previous year". Piedmont Natural Gas, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, said it had activated its Severe Weather Preparedness Plan ahead of Florence, which includes ensuring the availability of additional communication links and resources, adequately fueled vehicles for use by personnel in impacted areas, appropriate equipment in the potential impact areas and preparation of facilities for potentially high winds and flood conditions.
The National Hurricane Center's latest model for Hurricane Florence shows a similar track that has been reported throughout Wednesday.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Twitter warned of the storm's dangers and praised his administration's handling of past hurricanes, rejecting criticism for its response to Hurricane Maria previous year in Puerto Rico.
It's that there's more in the way for the storms to destroy.
The National Hurricane Center said Florence is moving northwest at 16 miles per hour.
"This is a horrific nightmare storm from a meteorological perspective", University of Georgia meteorology professor Marshall Shepherd said. "And not only are there more people, but we're more affluent than our parents were". Streets were quiet with schools and many offices and businesses closed. "You're going to be displaced from your home in coastal areas". If anything, in fact, there has been a slight decrease. James Kossin of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found the average hurricane slowed about 10 percent from 1946 to 2016. Elsewhere in the Appalachian and Mid-Atlantic states, three to six inches of rain are expected, with up to 12 inches in isolated areas, according to the NHC. Some 3,000 people died in the aftermath of that storm.
"When it comes to surge and it comes to flooding, you can either build up higher or you build back from the water", Susan Millerick of the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety said.
"The waves and the wind this storm may bring is nothing like you've ever seen". "We got A Pluses for our recent hurricane work in Texas and Florida (and did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico, even though an inaccessible island with very poor electricity and a totally incompetent Mayor of San Juan)".
Building codes can differ from place to place. Hurricane Maria, noted for its high winds, killed 2,975 people and cost more than $60 billion in damage to Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands past year, according to cost estimates from Munich Re, an global reinsurance company.
Computer simulations - especially the often star-performing European model - push the storm further south, even into SC and Georgia.
"People do not live and survive to tell the tale about what their experience is like with storm surge", he said.
"Changes in the storm's track have reduced the threat of inland flooding in the Mid-Atlantic at the expense of a heightened threat of more prolific flooding from both storm surge inundation and extreme rainfall for areas closer to the coasts of North and South Carolina", Radiant senior meteorologist Steve Silver said.