Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Hurricane Florence Poised to Hit, Sit on US East Coast

Dangerous’ Hurricane Florence threatens at least 5 million people Hurricane Florence is making its way quickly to the coast though forecasters expect it to slow on Thursday
Doris Mccormick | 14 September, 2018, 00:04

As of 5 a.m. EDT it was about 205 miles (325 kilometers) east southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina and about 250 miles (450 kilometers) east southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, moving northwest at 15 mph (24 kph).

"It's cumulative damage", Myers said. "I mean this takes a long time to move through the Carolinas". So will the trees.

Latest reports have the center of Florence approaching the coasts of North and SC on Thursday.

The centre of Florence, which is no longer classified as a major hurricane but still posing a grave threat to life and property, is expected to strike North Carolina's southern coast on Friday.

The downgraded status of the storm, which indicates that Hurricane Florence is moving at maximum sustained wind speeds of 110 miles per hour, means little in terms of its impact and deadly potential, according to Elliot Abrams, chief forecaster at Accuweather.

There will be hurricane-force winds up to 80 miles from the centre of the storm, meteorologists say. More than 1 million people had been ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia and thousands moved to emergency shelters, officials said. "Once these winds start blowing at that tropical storm rate, it will be virtually impossible for the rescuers to get in to rescue you". "While that rain is still coming down for a couple of days, one to two days later you're going to have stuff coming from North Carolina and things coming in from the Upstate".

Florence's eye could come ashore early Friday around the North Carolina-South Carolina line.

In Carolina Beach, North Carolina, authorities have stopped allowing traffic to the island via the only bridge between the island and the mainland.

Some South Carolina lane reversals to end
Little change in strength is expected before the center reaches the coast, with weakening expected after the center moves inland. One such tool helping hurricane-watchers keep track of Florence is the appropriately-named Hurricane Tracker app.


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The storm would be expected to die out by Wednesday, Ms Smith said. Waves off the shore of North Carolina have already gotten as high as 13 feet, he saYS.

"This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast", said Jeff Byard, associate administrator for response and recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "Flooding is nearly guaranteed".

Solange Iliou Thompson, a restaurant owner in the town of Wilmington, North Carolina, made her stance clear. She packed up what she could and took a ferry.

Officials in several states have declared states of emergency, including in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms.

Onboard the ISS, Gerst was able to capture some incredible images looking down in the storm's eye.

If you're in the path of this storm, get out of it. Pack your stuff into the attic and your auto, grab the preferred kids, pets, and spouse, and head inland. "Life-threatening storm surge flooding, catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding are still expected". Hurricane Helene is veering toward Europe.

FlightAware expects the number of cancellations to rise, although "the limited number of hubs being impacted by Florence will likely limit the scale of disruption that cascades through the national air travel system", spokeswoman Sara Orsi said in a statement.

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