Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

White House Buckles in For Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence impacting flights along East Coast Hurricane Florence impacting flights along East Coast There may be more flights canceled as Hurricane Florence gets closer to the East Coast
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In addition to the hurricane-strength winds blowing ashore Friday, Florence has the potential to bring a storm surge upwards of 6 feet in parts of the coastline including up to 13 feet from Cape Fear north to Cape Lookout.

The slow-moving storm could dump between 20 and 30 inches of rain in the Carolinas after making landfall, according to a report on Wednesday by risk modeler AIR Worldwide.

At 11:00 am (1600 GMT), the eye of the storm was about 485 miles (785 kms) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving in a northwest direction at 15 mph (24 kph).

The hurricane could also produce heavy and excessive rainfall - up to 40 inches in isolated areas in the Carolinas and anywhere between 6 to 12 inches elsewhere in the Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic region.

Mass evacuations ahead of Hurricane Florence are still taking place while residents and tourists hope to evade what could be the strongest hurricane in decades to strike the East Coast.

"Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you".

Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said that while Florence is expected to slow down considerably by late Thursday and into Friday, it will still be an "extremely unsafe major hurricane" when it makes landfall.

Emergency preparations in SC now include more than 2,100 of the state's National Guard soldiers.

The NHC said the first tropical storm-force winds of at least 39 miles per hour (63 kph) would hit the region early on Thursday with the storm's center reaching the coast Friday.

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"I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Florence", Deal said.

By comparison, LaCorte said portions of Western North Carolina received up to a foot of rain from the remnants of a tropical storm in late May that caused deadly mudslides.

"The time to prepare is nearly over", Cooper warned.

Florence is now heading for ocean water that has surface temperatures of about 85 degrees, meaning it will most likely strengthen on its way to the East Coast.

Melody Rawson evacuated her first-floor apartment in Myrtle Beach and arrived at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, to camp for free with three other adults, her disabled son, two dogs and a pet bird. Life-threatening, catastrophic flash flooding and river flooding is likely.

To back up that point, Graham cited a sobering statistic: "50 percent of the fatalities in these tropical systems is the storm surge - and that's not just along the coast".

An additional 25 percent of deaths are related to rain, he said.

"Even if you've ridden out storms before, this one is different".

Jeff Byard of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency said it was imperative locals heed the evacuation warnings. We continue to let everyone know to not take this lightly.

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