Former central Ohio couple riding out Florence

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Robert and Jacqueline Williams are hoping Florence doesn't linger much longer around their neighborhood.

But weather forecasters doubt that will happen as the storm is slow moving which means their neighborhood will not only get sustained winds but heavy rains.

"As the day has progressed the wind has picked up the weather service says Fayetteville is getting 52 mph wind gusts it's getting interesting," Robert said.

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The couples front yard already has broken tree limbs but that's the extent of the damage.

They have electricity, but they expect to lose it as the storm intensifies.

"We were fortunate to get a generator from Lowe's," Robert said.

The storm has sent residents scrambling to find food.

"I went to the store and all the bread was gone all the case water was gone I was able to get a gallon of water," Jacqueline said.

They say stores and gas stations closed yesterday.

Now, residents play a waiting game as the slow-moving storm hovers over the state.

"We're expecting to deal with from Saturday to the end of Sunday," he says.

Hurricane Florence is considered the strongest hurricane to hit this area since Hurricane Hugo in 1989.

As Florence roars ashore, it will bring devastating storm surge, potentially pushing water inland up to a story high. The surge will be compounded by destructive waves fueled by the hurricane's strong winds.

If landfall coincides with high tide, the consequences could be especially devastating.

Florence is expected to stall over the Carolinas and remain for nearly a day, somewhat reminiscent of how Hurricane Harvey hovered above Houston, Texas, last year.

Though the storm will weaken as it moves above land, the same areas will be hammered by wind and rain for hours. Up to 40 inches of rain could be possible in certain areas along the Carolina border, but many places could see at least 20 inches.

The sustained windy conditions will likely lead to widespread power outages as trees topple onto electrical wires, while the heavy rainfall will cause calamitous flooding.

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