5 a.m. update: Hurricane Florence continues to approach Southeast coast

14 September, 2018, 22:14 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • Hurricane Florence still poses grave threat despite weaker winds

Hurricane Florence's initial assault on the North Carolina coast is underway.

The eye of Florence continues to churn about 180 miles from the North Carolina coast Thursday morning. More are on the way to help us.

Florence's weakening as it neared the coast created tension between some who left home and authorities who anxious that the storm could still be deadly.

Florence is moving northwest at about 10 miles per hour. The storm is expected to bring a life-threatening storm surge and heavy rainfall to parts of the Carolinas with widespread flooding expected. Some may say that it's not a big deal if he conflates Hurricane Florence, but the real danger comes next time a monster storm is upon us and Trump claims it is the "biggest ever" when it really is, and people won't believe him. The trend is "exceptionally bad news", said University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy, since it "smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge". We will feel the impacts even if the track has shifted southward.

"Mild, very humid conditions are expected to develop during Monday, with rain moving up from the south in freshening southerly winds".

"The police chief was talking to in Atlantic beach was saying he has just never seen anything like this". "I'm sure that we're going to need some of their assistance when this thing is over. And I just told him that I appreciated his telephone call and that we'll be in touch".

He said he usually doesn't make the pizzas himself, but he was on Thursday because "everybody is scared", including most of his staff.

PREVIOUS STORY: Hurricane Florence, now a Category 2 storm with 110 miles per hour winds, is forecast to reach the coastline of the Carolinas early Friday morning with little strengthening expected before landfall.

Scientists said it is too soon to say what role, if any, global warming played in the storm. The GFS model has 20 or so inches of rain falling over the next couple of days and you can see how that rain accumulates over time.

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"It doesn't matter where you are", he said. By late Wednesday, the authorities in North Carolina reported almost 7,000 evacuees staying in 71 emergency shelters throughout the state.

Weather Underground meteorology director Jeff Masters said Florence eventually could strike as merely a Category 1 hurricane with winds less than 160 km/h, but that's still enough to cause at least $1 billion in damage.

Cooper said state officials are anticipating that tens of thousands of homes will experience flooding.

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Not everybody was heeding orders to evacuate, however. On Thursday morning, South 17th Street, usually teeming with commuter traffic by 6:30 a.m., was almost devoid of cars.

Media captionWhy do people ignore hurricane warnings? "We have shifted from preparation to determination". Amtrak also cancelled scheduled train operations through the region.

Transportation will also be impacted, as roads will "likely" be scoured or fail in many places with the possibility of sinkholes. Storm surge of 13 feet on top of a high tide at 7 feet could overwhelm Carolina Beach. Floating debris will cause further harm to homes. "So will the power lines, as the trees fall down".

Duke Energy, the nation's No. 2 power company, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its four million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks.

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