Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

How Wilmington, N.C., Is Preparing As Hurricane Florence Gets Stronger

Hurricane Florence Is Traveling A Similar Path As A 1933 Storm That Got Very, Very Close To D.C. Gas prices could spike as Hurricane Florence approaches East Coast
Doris Mccormick | 14 September, 2018, 07:13

Thank you for signing up for the 5 Things to Know Newsletter. It was located father north in the Atlantic than any other storm to ever hit the Carolinas, so what we're forecasting is unprecedented.

"I'm telling them to go inland, but I'm anxious about the rain and tornadoes too", Roberts said.

Hurricane Isaac and Helene can be seen to the east of Florence.

Kevin Orth loads sandbags into cars in Charleston, SC, as he helps residents prepare for Hurricane Florence.

Following updated predictions, Gov. Henry McMaster, in coordination with state and local officials, lifted the mandatory evacuation order for zones in Beaufort, Colleton, and Jasper counties, with the exception of Edisto Beach.

Dare County has a year-round population of more than 30,000, but the population balloons during tourist seasons.

For many, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge.

Wendy Cabral, Sampson County Schools' assistant superintendent for personnel services, said the school system's executive director of plant operations met with the county's emergency management team Monday.

Communities along a stretch of coastline that's vulnerable to rising sea levels due to climate change prepared to evacuate the storm, which forecasters expect to be close to Category 5 strength by Tuesday.

A storm covering enormous area, to drench and lash more people. And Virginia's governor ordered a mandatory evacuation for some residents of low-lying coastal areas.

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Jeff Byard of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said it was imperative locals heed the evacuation warnings. The hurricane center said Florence will approach the coast Friday and linger for a while before rolling ashore.


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Farther north into the Delmarva Peninsula, residents of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and NY and coastal and inland areas should also monitor the storm and prepare in case the forecast shifts to the north and east, officials said. Well-built framed homes may incur major damage, and many trees will be snapped or uprooted, blocking numerous roads, the hurricane center said. In Hampton Roads the average price is presently $2.60 per gallon, a penny less than last week, but 10 cents more than past year.

Swells from the storm are already reaching Bermuda and parts of the USA coast. Tuesday morning's forecast still supports this, the National Hurricane Center said.

On Monday Florence had strengthened into a category 4 hurricane.

Olivia, now a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 85 miles per hour, is forecast to weaken and approach Hawaii as a tropical storm Tuesday night into Wednesday.

The NHC warned they're likely to cause "life-threatening surf and rip current conditions".

People were preparing for the worst, even if they didn't evacuate.

Red flags have already been flying on beaches, warning swimmers to stay out of the water as seas began kicking up.

With "monumental" rainfall totals of up to 40 inches possible, "the rain from Florence may break all-time state records for rainfall from a hurricane or tropical storm", Weather Underground meteorologist Jeff Masters said. Rivers are high, and the storm will be moving slowly when it arrives, exacerbating the danger, Rossi told USA TODAY.

The campaign said the event was scuttled out of safety concerns. The heavy rain threat could last for days if Florence stalls.

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