"Monster" Hurricane Florence aims to drench Carolinas

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) -- Coastal residents fleeing a potentially devastating blow from Hurricane Florence encountered empty gasoline pumps and depleted store shelves as the monster storm neared the Carolina coast with 140 mph (225 kph) winds and drenching rain that could last for days.

   While some said they planned to stay put despite hurricane watches and warnings that include the homes of more than 5.4 million people on the East Coast, many weren't taking any chances.

  Forecasters said hurricane-force winds will be blowing ashore early Friday as Florence stalls along the coast before dumping a torrential 1 to 2 1/2 feet (0.3 to 0.6 meters) of rain. Flooding well inland could wreak environmental havoc by washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms.

Sarah Griffin, Associate Researcher at UW-Madison's Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies joined Wisconsin's Morning News with more on this storm. 

You can listen to the full interview below.

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