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taking time to honor victims of 9-11. a bald eagle perched himself on an american flag. thanks, everyone. i'm dana perino. here's shep. >> shepard: it's noon on the west coast, 3:00 in the east where the disaster is at the door step. one leader said that today. today is your last full day to safely get out before the storm of a lifetime rolls ashore. those aren't our words. they're the warnings from officials across this land as hurricane florence surges towards america. we'll talk to a hurricane hunter in the sky flying a plane around the heart of the storm to get a better idea where it's heading in order to save lives. we'll bring you the latest on florence's brand new track and where and when it could make landfall and where we could see flooding and storm surge. get ready for the long haul.
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that's the word from forecasters that said hurricane florence could be a marathon storm with torrential downpours for days and days to come it's a big news day. let's get to it. good afternoon from fox news deck. a monster unbelievably damaging like nothing you've ever seen. storm of a lifetime. all quotes from forecasters and top officials in government and how they're describing hurricane florence. this storm is churning towards the east coast. today there's a new word in the mix. and that word is "georgia." the forecast has taken a turn. and now not just north carolina, south carolina and potentially virginia, but also the georgia coast now a possible target for this storm. no mandatory evacuations along
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the patchy state but watch this space. ahead, the threat of devastating winds, catastrophic flooding and record-breaking storm surges. let's go to the big wall for the latest on the storm track from the national hurricane center which updated this system in the last hour. 2:00 eastern time or 2:00 atlantic standard time they call it. here's where we are. maximum winds are down, down to 125 miles an hour. that means it's now a category three for the moment. down from a category four. the area of storm winds has gotten bigger. hurricane force winds from the center, that area is larger. at the moment, it's moving to the north and west, almost due northwest, at 16 miles an hour. that is going to change. the thinking is this storm will slow down. here you can see the thursday 8:00 a.m., tomorrow morning's projections. a category four. then around friday, you can see what the projection is there
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along wilmington, north carolina. see that? about a 3 as its -- well, that's where there's some misunderstanding. this storm will take on a life of its own. why is it moving forward at 16 miles an hour? because there's pressure over there that is pushing it. that pressure is falling apart. now there's a little over there and a little up there and a little down here. the truth is, there's nothing to direct it. it's not on tracks, doesn't have a pressure center moving it any particular direction. so you can see the cone open uncertainty has increased phenomenally. that is north carolina, south carolina and that's georgia. that whole coast is in the eye of this storm. nobody in that area can stop paying attention to this storm. it's going somewhere. the question is where. more new updates. the central pressure is up five points, 948 millibars. that is a slight improvement. it was a 943 this morning.
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948. this is a low pressure center. what you want it to do, the pressure to go up. it's up, not down. that's good news. still obviously an extremely dangerous storm and it's going to get worse. to give you an idea how massive this low pressure center is, this is what it looks like from space. astoundingly large. bigger than the state of michigan, almost as big as the two carolinas put together. 83 foot wave in the atlantic. 83 foot waves. think of that according to meteorologists. they have buoys out there and they've been charting it. fema sent out a dire warning, this is the last day to get out. >> this is not a glancing blow. this is not a tropical storm. this is going to be a mike tyson punch to the carolina coast and heavy rains. >> the governor of north carolina says the time to prepare is almost over. >> north carolina, my message is
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clear. disaster is at the door step and coming in. understand that the rains may last for days and not hours. this may be a marathon. the forecast shows a storm surge higher than many homes. >> storm surge higher than many homes. we'll hear from the governor live in just a moment. he's right about the storm surge. take a look. these are the numbers. the blue color is about a foot. the white color is 12 inches plus. so you can see all the white here and new bern, moorehead city. a lot of colors around wilmington. a lot of different colors here. the storm surge will be different in different areas. up to 13 feet about moorehead city and new bern. again, this storm could turn to the south. the numbers temporary different stories.
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it could hit this coast and slide down past charleston. you can see the storm surge here in charleston, four feet, five feet. wilmington, eight feet, nine feet. for context, back when hugo hit in 1989 and just decimated charleston, knocked down trees for miles, that storm surge was about eight feet. so 13 feet is bigger than that was. but the hurricane down on the coast, hurricane katrina in south mississippi, 28 foot storm surge. three stories tall. and on top of that, you have the waves from all of the wind. it's the wind that creates the waves. you have the storm surge of 8, 10, 12 feet and waves on top of that. it's not going to be good. a state of merge is declared from georgia, new today, georgia to washington d.c. georgia is in the mix. this storm is expected to turn to the south. the truth is, nobody knows where she's going. there's no steering currents beginning this time tomorrow. nearly two million people order
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to evacuate. we have already seen traffic jams. this is i-40 out of wilmington. all the lanes are going in one direction. there's risk of environmental troubles. water is threatening to wash out toxic pits like coal ash and lead pits. there's thousands of hog farms. fema says the toxic sites are on their radar and working closely with the epa. you also have several nuclear power plants. they're bracing for impacts now. the energy company is preparing to shut down reactors before hurricane force winds arrive. the north carolina governor, roy cooper joins us live. he's on the phone. governor, the winds are down but the area affected has grown. what is your take at this hour?
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>> well, shep, this storm is big, wide and vicious. we know you mentioned earlier the cone of uncertainty. we know this thing is coming ashore. we're hunkering down and getting ready. i want to continue to tell all north carolinians, if you're on the coast, there's still time to get to safety. no possession is worth your life. i'm also telling people, too, that yesterday on 9-11, we honored our first responders. if you stay on one of these barrier islands in north carolina, not only are you putting your own life at risk but putting the lives of first responders at risk. we don't need that. so we're still getting good evacuation. we have a lot of healthers that have been set up. we have great cooperation among local states and federal officials. we're getting help from states across the country. north carolina has helped other
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states in the past. now they're in turn helping us. so we're going to try to save lives first. then we'll take steps to rescue and recover in the days, weeks and months ahead. >> shepard: governor, in a quick second, how is the gas holding up? >> we expect good distribution of gas. retailers are -- have had three to four times the business they normally have. so a number of our retailers are out of gas. we think it can be gotten to them quickly and feeling good about the distribution of gas right now. >> shepard: governor, all the best to you and everybody along the carolinas. appreciate it. ken graham, the director of the national hurricane center. he's live with us from there. ken, i saw your 2:00 update. i guess there was a little good and a little not so good. >> yeah, we got to not concentrate on the wind speeds all the time. sometimes they fluctuate. part of the normal cycle.
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we pay attention to the center of this and the changes. you can go up and down 5 or 10 miles an hour. in the end, large dangerous storm. either way, one miles an hour separates a category three and category four. >> shepard: what is your best thoughts of what we're in for? >> the same problem. a major hurricane. very large. you're talking this area in yellow extending 170 or more miles from the center. very large. the big problem with the forecast, slowing down, this is friday morning. this is saturday morning. 24 hours hanging right by the coast, battering the coast with the hurricane force winds. that's just go to compound the issue. and the wind, the saturated soils. a lot of wind and tree and power outages. >> shepard: this turn to the south. georgia should be taking more notice than it would have a
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couple days ago. >> yeah, with a turn to the south, looking at this cone, we expect this hurricane to be somewhere in this cane. that's what we're telling people. this could change. even the impact. people concentrate on the impacts when it comes with the rain. even if you're on the edge, you get a small shift, these high values can move. well inland in different directions. so any given times, the impacts can change. all of a sudden your impacts change on the ground. >> there's a lot of decisiveness or there was when the storm was moving at 17, 16 miles an hour and headed to the shore. that will stop. can you explain why that is? >> yeah, it gets trapped. we have a high pressure over the atlantic. that is really helping steering the system. the problem is we got another high that is kind of like a bubble in the wind. this hurricane slows. by the time it hits that, it gets resistance. there's not a lot of steering.
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basically without steering, it stalls out. think about that. that's 24 hours. even future in time, this goes back to georgia, even tennessee. this over here, that's sunday morning. look at this. that's monday morning. we're still expecting a depression near the georgia, south carolina border, even into next week. >> i keep getting questions from viewers and people on the street saying where is it going to hit? where is it going to hit? the answer i give is it doesn't matter where. everybody will take this on that coast. is there a better way of explaining that? >> that's the best way to do it. that's why i always compare, a couple miles an hour doesn't matter at this stage. i show the rainfall. look at the storm surge. 50% of the fatalities of it is the storm surge. we have a storm surge 4 to 9 feet along the south carolina coast. in north carolina, 9 to 13 feet. the longer we keep the hurricane winds in, you push the water
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further inland. some areas of north carolina, some of those values on the nuese river, you're a mile inland and still getting the storm surge. listen to local officials. you have one day left, today to wrap everything up. drop force winds arrive tomorrow morning. so preparedness has to be done today. >> shepard: once the tropical storm force winds come in, the locals tell us, that some of their services won't be available. but they all seem to be giving the same message. if your locals have said get out, you have to get out. >> look at this tropical storm force winds tomorrow morning and stretching inland throughout the day. so basically what happens is, it's too dangerous to be outside. all preparations have to be done today. if you think about it, you need help, it's dangerous for the first responders to get there, too. the bottom line is today is the
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day to get out. listen. >> shepard: thanks for the great work. we'll talk to you again and again. appreciate it. remember when andrew hit south florida back in the day? they thought it would come in along dade county, downtown miami. instead, they missed it 20 miles. all of those people in south miami-dade, kendall, homestead that didn't evacuate, they will tell you stories that split your spine. same story along the mississippi coast. when hurricane katrina was headed to the mouth of the mississippi. most people got out. most people that came back and bay st. louis and biloxi and gulfport, so many people that came back found there was nothing to come home to. while those that stayed behind said i'm so glad to have my life, those that came back said look at the destruction. if you stick around, that's when you learned how precious life is. we'll talk to a hurricane hunter flying towards florence at this
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minute. up next, we'll get an update from the many different tracks. we have two main models the forecasters watch. the american model and the european model. our meteorologists will break them down for you after this. feel the clarity of non-drowsy claritin and relief from symptoms caused by over 200 allergens. like those from buddy. because stuffed animals are clearly no substitute for real ones. feel the clarity. and live claritin clear. we really pride ourselves on making it easy for you >> tech: at safelite autoglass, to get your windshield fixed. with safelite, you can see exactly when we'll be there. saving you time for what you love most. >> kids: whoa! >> kids vo: ♪ safelite repair, safelite replace ♪ at ally, we created a savings account with a great rate. but if that's not enough, our app helps monitor your spending too. and if that's not enough to help you save, we could start a carpool. look at this traffic. don't worry. ok, if that's not enough we'll start a trainpool.
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a little. nobody knows where it's going. so how do you find out? you look to two models. the american and the european. let's get to the meteorologist, adam klotz. explain these models, how you look at them and why they're different. >> shepard, they are two different models. people are looking to the european model. it nailed hurricane sandy. and the gfs model is often right some of the time or we would only be using the european model. it was the european model that showed a sharp turn to the south and west. you started to think uh-oh, maybe this could be longer. i'll put them in motion. the gfc in blue, the euro in green. by tomorrow afternoon, that's when you approach the coast and both are in agreement.
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what happens next? well, one of these models, the gfs, they move the same direction. the gfc weakens quicker. the euro stays down the coast and beginning to move inland. the euro one has been very popular in recent months. the gfc is often right also. so as we've seen these move, shep, that's when we've seen the cone track with these. it's been pulling all of our suggestions to think okay, maybe this is more of a problem for georgia. >> shepard: if you could show us where it is now and what the thinking about how it's performing. still moving quickly. that's going to change. >> it is moving quickly. this runs with what you talked about with the two models. both in agreement, running up to the coast. you can see this sharp turn. that's when it really slows down. we've talked about this from early friday morning. that suddenly is saturday morning. we get this slow down, shep, we could see a bunch of rain, 20 to
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30 inches. the storm surge, it's going to be a problem for a large portion of the southeast. >> shepard: adam klotz where the weather center is staffed 24/7 these days. brave pilots flying in the hurricane to help with storm predictions. some fly in the center, some fly around, some go over the top and drop the probes in so we get a good idea what the pressure is and what the storm is doing. so coming up, we'll hear from a flight director aboard a hurricane hunter jet at 40,000 feet. he says they don't like what they're seeing up there. we'll hear from him live next on fox news.
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>> shepard: tracking florence at 40,000 feet. as the storm closes in,
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hurricane hunters have been flying planes around, above and into the eye of the storm. they're with the national oceanic atmospheric administration, noaa. this one didn't go through the eye of the storm but measured data from the outskirts of it and above it. scientists use that information to get a more detailed view of the hurricane. the more probes you have, the more you can know. some time lapsed video here. look at this. again, they didn't fly into the eye. the pilots battle extreme winds and blinding rain in missions that could last eight to ten hours. imagine that. the flight director the paul flaherty. he's on the phone from a g-4 equipped with drop probes into the storm. thanks for being here, sir.
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how is it looking up there? >> well, good afternoon, shep. from our angle, the view is a little bit cloudy and a little bumpy. we know this is a big storm. dangerous storm. we're handling it as safely as possible while trying to collect the best data we have for the forecasters and emergency managers and everybody that needs it. >> shepard: i know you're getting real-time data. what is it telling you? >> what we're finding 0 it, this is an incredibly strong storm. the good news, it's struggling on the south and east side, what we're seeing here. doesn't mean anything in the sense of what to expect with landfall. i think the important thing is getting people out of the way that need to be out of the way. we're going to keep staying out here and flying and collecting data and do our best to help
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everyone out. >> shepard: we've been looking at this last loop in the southeastern quadrant of that storm. it looks as if it's misshapen at the moment. i suppose that data changes as it continues to circulate and move forward. >> yeah, that's what we're keeping an eye on. you know, we saw that a little bit -- this isn't the first time we've seen that with this storm. we know how quickly they can get into a better atmosphere to develop, have a little warmer water underneath. right now it's struggling on that side with what we call the outflow. so anything that is working against this storm is a good thing. aga again, it's a category four. not a lot of good news even when we find that information. >> the storms are at their strength, they generate the most energy when they have similar pressures all the way around, right? and the outflow of air and the intake of air is happening and sort of like a symphony. what you're saying is at the
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moment in that southeastern quadrant, it's having some issues with flow. we can just hope that it has more issues as it moves forward. >> yeah, we would love to see that. we're not banking on that. there's some unknowns, which which why we're trying to understand what the atmosphere is doing from the outside. as you can imagine, a low pressure system needs to lose weight in order to be lower that means that has to leave the system. when it's efficient, it leaves outward. goes the -- the outflow heads away. on the south side, it's not doing that. that's why we're seeing them on satellite and why the pressure really hasn't dropped. it's fighting, wants to get stronger. it's struggling a little bit. we hope maybe in the end, the struggling will wind. >> shepard: we hope so. paul flaherty at 40,000 feet in a g-4 doing work for all of us.
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thanks so much. remember what we said about the 2:00 advisory. the central pressure was up. it's a low pressure center so it's stronger when the pressure is lower. the pressure is up. 5 millibars. we're looking for positives here. the maximum sustained winds are down to 125 miles an hour. forward speed is the same. but there's hope that in that southeastern quadrant where it's having issues with flow, remember, the energy comes up from the warm water below and flows out on the sides. the bands that go out. if it starts to struggle in one quadrant, it could weaken. is it forecast to do so? it's not. it's supposed to get stronger. we can hop. roy cooper said earlier dealing with hurricane florence and its aftermath could be a marathon, not a sprint. it could drop massive amounts of rain the next several days. this map shows projected rainfall based on the models as
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they exist. this entire area of the north carolina coast, incredible, 18 plus inches in the white. 12 inches central north carolina. that's 50, 60, 70 miles inland. serious rain. 8 inches plus all the way from the center part of the south carolina coast all the way up to the northern parts of north carolina. so lots and lots of rain. some isolated areas. our meteorologists believe isolated areas here and there could receive 30 to 40 inches of rain. that's if this storm holds and goes like they think it's going to go. the storm decides, but this is the prediction right now. steve harrigan is live not far from this location in north topsail beach. steve, what are you hearing from people there? >> shepard, three getting the word out that this is going to
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be a dangerous storm. all morning we've been watching people pack up their belongings, get into cars and head inland and head north. here's one family from pennsylvania that is doing that a few hours ago. >> once you find out, this is a bad thing. i might lose my hose. what are the affects going to be. so it's thought-provoking. >> a real mixture of fear and emotions for people leaving and boring up that family will have a ten-hour drive to pennsylvania. they're some of the one million people under mandatory evacuation orders, shepard. >> shepard: not a lot of people left in topsail, i understand. >> it's stunning to look to the left and the right on a pretty beach day and not see anything, just boarded up houses. we have drone video to show you from the team.
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they are showing you what it looks like from above. it's an eerie feeling here. the clouds are coming in. the wind picking up. but no one is here. they're not here for a good reason. people are listening this time around where i am now, shepard. >> shepard: great to hear. steve harrigan, thanks very much. you hate it for the businesses. right after labor day. if you had rentals, everybody goes home. the locals are there and still get weekenders and this is the time to get the extra money to get you through the winder. they're not getting the rush right now. maybe next weekend. coming up, i'll take the mayor of a coastal town in north carolina. he says he's staying put for the storm. but folks that don't evacuate are on their own. and with florence threatening not just north carolina and virginia and south carolina but also governor, we'll hear from a meteorologist there about what he's watching for for the millions and millions of people across the patchy state. atlanta out of the mix? ain't no way.
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>> the latest models show hurricane florence could bring heavy rain and flooding to the state of georgia. that's new today. here's a look at the current forecast after florence makes landfall. the path is uncertain. right now most likely it will move toward the north and middle georgia this weekend dropping a whole lot of rain along the way. so let's get to fox5 in atlanta, waga's meteorologist, da individual chandley is there for us. talk about what will happen in the carolinas after landfall. >> well certainly an unprecedented storm there, shep. it moves in a weird direction for us, coming in perpendicular to north carolina. as it slows down, that will pose problems. as far as the rainfall, it ta tallies up around coastal carolina.
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that's where the totals will be stacking up. you'll get training effect. rain, raining on top of areas raining on. you get the higher rainfall totals. some of them unprecedented in some areas in coastal north carolina. in excess of 18, 19, 20 inches and some isolated spots more than that look at the large chunk of real estate that may see the high rainfall totals. eastern north carolina has had above normal rainfall much of the year. this water has nowhere to go. so yes, the storm surge a concern, the wind a concern. the rainfall totals will be catastrophic in some areas in north carolina. >> duke energy worried about it, too. yesterday, georgia was barely a thought. tell us about it. >> yeah, you're dealing with a storm that will have a mind of its own if it stalls along the coast, this is one of the models depicting that. this dives to the southwest. really unusual for a storm. we haven't seen anything like this. i've done this a long time.
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and it loops back up through our state. so the concern is here that in northeastern and eastern georgia, getting high rainfall totals. not like what they'll see in the carolinas. certainly four, five, six inches at best. the other concern here in north georgia, the gusty winds. i don't think we'll see storm winds consistent but gusts up to 40, 50 miles an hour sunday afternoon into monday. as you know, we have a lot of trees here in northeast georgia. that can cause some problems for us here. so just on the outer bands of what would be hurricane florence, tropical storm florence, maybe tropical depression florence by then. the wind is a factor here in north georgia. >> shepard: the chief meteorologist from fox5 in atlanta, david chandley. thanks. forecasters say this storm could slam the town of south port in north carolina about 20 miles south of wilmington. folks there facing mandatory
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evacuation orders. one person that is staying put those is the mayor of the town. he declared a state of emergency today. he said he's sticking it out with the city manager and law enforcement and encouraging everybody else to get out of dodge. mayor jerry dove joins us. he used to be a north carolina state trooper and a chief of police. mr. mayor, you've been through a lot of this. is a wise move to stay behind or are you doing this for the greater good? >> i've been a public servant all my adult life. it's part of the job to serve the citizens here. we're now in the eotc here along with the city manager and the law enforcement, fire staff and all of the services that provide emergency efforts for our city and our citizens. >> shepard: what is your
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greatest concern there, mr. mayor? >> well, greatest concern is the wind speed coming in. also the concern about the border events. the flooding and the unusual amount of rain. we have already had over 20 inches of rain this season already. >> shepard: oh, man. >> our ground water and ground is saturated already. so we're concerned about that. >> shepard: are your power lines buried or up on poles? >> we have some buried and some that are on poles. not all of our lines are buried. >> shepard: i know duke energy is worried about that. >> they are. our electric company, brunswick electric, is standing by to come in after the storm to make necessary repairs. also, there's been some crews from other states that have been
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brought in in case of a major power outage. >> shepard: mr. mayor, are most of your people out of there and what are you hearing from those that aren't? >> yes, most people have evacuated. i was out, the city manager and myself, out riding and. we found that it was like a ghost town. a lot of our businesses have closed up. a large part of our citizenship has taken notice and evacuated. there are some that are standing by. there are some going to stand by and stay here. >> shepard: i remember our good friends in south mississippi that were in one of the last places to evacuate, the police station. when the got higher than the roof of the police station. if weirdness happens there, you have a place to go, right? >> yes, sir. we're a little -- about a mile off of the waterway and the cape
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fear river at the fire headquarters, which is a relatively new building. it's been designed fairly good to stand a good storm, 130 miles an hour, 40 miles an hour winds. >> shepard: jerry dove, the mayor of a small town called southport about 20 miles south of wilmington. all the best to you and yours there. we'll check back in. >> thank you. >> shepard: this storm could knock out power to millions. some according to the authorities and the emergency companies may not get their lights on for weeks. that warning from a north carolina power company that serves four million customers there. i'll ask that company's president how his teams are preparing and that's next. (vo) this is not a video game.
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the carolinas specifically that power could be out for weeks after hurricane florence rolls through. the latest maps show that they're at least half a dozen nuclear power plants that are at least around and about. you can see all the ones in the area here. it's the ones right on the coast getting the most attention at least at this moment. that is brunswick nuclear plant located near southport, north carolina where the cape fear river runs into the atlantic. it can power a million homes. even if they shut it down, it's uncle unclear how high a surge it can handle. let's go to david from duke live for us from rdu. good to see you. what about that plan? is it going off line? >> you know, if we expect to have sustained hurricane force winds, we'll follow our
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procedures to ensure we have a safe planned shut down of the nuclear unit itself. we'll monitor weather conditions and shut the plants down as appropriate within two hours of when if storm is expected to make impact. we will continue to have personnel onside and continue to monitor wind and water conditions as well as the weather forecast and certainly work closely with nuclear regulatory commission, local and state officials as well. our plants are very safe. we've got well-trained personnel. they're well-designed and we certainly have multiple backup systems in place as well. >> shepard: if you look across the grid, the serious concern is about this saturated ground that you already have, add a bunch of water, wind that comes one way and then another, that's not good for a light pole. >> that's right. we are expecting widespread power outages. if this storm comes ashore as a
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category four hurricane, it will be the first time that north carolina has experienced a hurricane since hurricane of that magnitude since hurricane hazel in the 50s. so it's going to be a significant storm and expect to have widespread power outages. we're expecting from one to three million outages from the homes and businesses that we serve out of the four million customers here in the carolinas. talking about 25 to 75% of our customer base could expect to lose power. not just a few days either. not just a multiday outage but certainly a multi-week outage as well. depending on the severity of the flooding as well as the damage from the hurricane winds themselves. >> shepard: i remember seeing duke trucks one after another after another in florida for hurricanes and down in louisiana and mississippi for that matter. i'm guessing they have your back. >> absolutely. i just came from our incident command center here in raleigh. we're well-prepared at duke
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energy to respond in the aftermath of hurricane florence. we have amassed a restoration army of over 20,000 personnel. the largest restoration force that we've ever established here in the carolinas. over 10,000 workers from duke energy alone from states as far away as indiana, ohio, kentucky, south carolina and florida. we have over 9,000 workers coming in from states as far as way as texas. we're prepared to respond and we're just anxious nor the storm to pass so that we can get to work. >> shepard: david fountain, the top guy at duke energy with a busy week ahead. wish you the best. good luck. >> thank you. we want our customers to remain safe and we're not going to rest until we have the last outage restored. >> shepard: right on. i know you want. thank you. the problem with this sort of thing is, normally the storm comes and goes. think about andrews.
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it was moving at 28 miles an hour. you turn around and all of a sudden it's sunny. then you rebuild. that's not what's going to happen this time. as long as there's tropical storm force winds, they can't send the energy company in. the storm has to go away first. that could take three or four days. so whatever is coming, it's going to last. forecasters warning the last time north carolina saw a storm anything like this, the president was named dwight d. eisenhower. it was the 1950s when two category four storms slammed into the state including hurricane hazel that he just mentioned. a look at what storms were as strong as florence and the damage that they have done. that's next. ♪motorcycle revving ♪ motorcycle revving
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>> shepard: earlier this hour, you heard a top fema official
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describe hurricane florence as a mike tyson punch to the carolina coast. we'll see. this type of hit is not that common. most hurricanes that strike the carolinas usually come up the coast weaken a bit along the way. florence is coming straight across the atlantic and zeroing in on the carolinas. trace gallagher with a history lesson on punishing storms. trace? >> hey, shep. let's begin with hurricane hazel in 1954, which as you noted was the last category four storm to hit above south carolina. hazel landed near wilmington, north carolina with 140-plus miles an hour winds. it was the 20-foot storm surge that did most of the damage and led to changes in building codes, which is the reason why homes along the coast are built on stilts. hazel killed 95 people and did $281 million in damage. hurricane hugo came in 1989.
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made landfall as a category four just north of charleston destroying countless homes and buildings in resort towns like myrtle beach. hugo killed 21 people and caused $8 billion in damage. it remains the third most intense hurricane to ever hit the united states. in 1996, hurricane fran came ashore in came fear, north carolina as a category three storm but a big hurricane and wind damage was reported as far west as raleigh-durham. 165 miles away. in 1999, hurricane floyd came ashore near cape fear. strong category two. proof that water is more dangerous than wind. of the 56 deaths, 50 were because of flooding. >> shepard: wow, trace. thanks. top of the hour headlines minutes away. stay tuned. , we really pride ourselves on making it easy for you to get your windshield fixed. >> teacher: let's turn in your science papers. >> tech vo: this teacher always puts her students first. >> student: i did mine on volcanoes.
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