Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Hurricane Florence Reduces Its Intensity But Not Its Destructive Power

039;We're on the wrong side of this thing,' North Carolina governor warns as destructive hurricane bears down Watch Hurricane Florence on live cameras as it lashes the Carolinas coast | The Herald Sun
Doris Mccormick | 16 September, 2018, 05:35

In a series of tweets Wednesday morning, Trump said the government "got A Pluses" for storm recovery in Texas and Florida and "did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico".

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper urged people to take the storm seriously.

"Please hear my message", he says. We are on the bad side of this storm.

Don't relax, don't get complacent. Tropical Storm Olivia has made landfall in the Hawaiian islands, the Philippines are bracing for the powerful typhoon Mangkhut, and Tropical Storm Isaac is nearing the Leeward Islands.

A Category 2 storm packs sustained wind speeds of 96-110 miles per hour (154-177 kilometers/hour) and is no longer considered a "major" storm - a class belonging to hurricanes Cat 3 and up. That said, the storm still brought powerful storm surges and unsafe flooding. Hundreds of thousands of people have already evacuated. "Your time is running out".

There also could be significant beach erosion in some area, the weather service said.

SC ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents while North Carolina ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination.

Florence could threaten the largest rainfall event in USA history, Hurricane Harvey, the 2017 whirlwind that settled over Texas and dropped more than 60 inches of rain, turning roadways into rivers, destroying homes and buildings and killing almost 90 people.

"It truly is really about the whole size of this storm", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said.

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Storm Florence: The impact in numbers
The evacuation order for the Lowcountry is lifted as Tropical Storm Florence moves out of the coast areas and into the Midlands. More than a million people along the coastlines of North Carolina , South Carolina and Virginia have been ordered to evacuate.


Tropical storm Florence lumbered inland on Saturday, knocking down trees, flooding rivers, and dumping sheets of rain in the Carolinas where five people have died.

"I came to video it so I can remember what it looked like before the storm because I just don't think a lot of this is going to be here (after Florence)", she said.

Tornadoes also remain a threat, particularly in areas northeast of the hurricane's eye.

Hurricane expert Dr Rick Knabb warns: "Yes good news that intensity of Florence has come down, to lessen wind damage somewhat".

"Florence was anticipated to make a steady, assured progress directly towards the Carolinas, make landfall, and move directly inland".

A hurricane warning is in effect for a big chunk of the Carolina coast, from the South Santee River below Myrtle Beach, S.C., to Duck, N.C. - part of the Outer Banks. Its forward movement slowed to 12 miles per hour (19 kph) and top sustained winds stayed at 110 miles per hour (175 kph).

Forecasters said conditions will only get more lethal as the storm pushes ashore early Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina line and makes its way slowly inland.

An American Red Cross aid worker walks through the cafeteria at Conway High School which is being used as a Hurricane Florence evacuation shelter at Conway High School on September 13, 2018 in Conway, South Carolina.

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