Hurricane Florence Makes Landfall in North Carolina
14 September, 2018, 21:43 | Author: Tara Reeves
The storm's slowing forward movement and heavy rains had Gov. Roy Cooper warning of an impending disaster. Our commitment to delivering critical information to our viewers can, at times, put us in harm's way, particularly with major weather-related events.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles (315 km). At around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, the electricity went out.
"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. Hurricanes feed off the heat in the warm surface of the ocean and typically lose power when they hit land.
Southeastern coastal North Carolina and far northeastern SC are expected to get pelted with 20 to 30 inches of rain, and some isolated spots may get up to 40 inches in 48 hours.
According to radar images as of 7 a.m., the storm's eye was drawing near the New Hanover-Pender County line. The agency adds that people trapped by flooding should "never enter attics or crawl spaces".
Forecasters say wind speeds have dropped from a high of 140 miles per hour (225 kph) to 110 miles per hour (175 kph), reducing it to a Category 2 storm.
Florence has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm, but it is still life-threatening and storm surge and flooding is expected for days to come. The National Hurricane Center'sforecast is for Isaac "to gradually weaken over the next few days, and could degenerate into a tropical wave at anytime".
But forecasters say Florence's biggest threat, as with all hurricanes, lies in its water: a storm surge of up to 11 feet and rainfall that will trigger catastrophic flooding.
Florence's expected slowdown means a prolonged period near the coast, said the hurricane center's Joel Cline.
According to a report from the J.P. Morgan Chase Institute, extreme weather events like the one now battering the Carolinas and Virginia can have far-reaching effects on consumers' wallets, impacting their spending for months after the storm has cleared.
Rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches with isolated amounts of 6 inches are forecast across southeastern Puerto Rico, while totals of 1 to 2 inches with maximum amounts of 3 inches are possible across the remainder of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
A disastrous amount of rain will exacerbate the storm surge.
Intensity: Florence came ashore with top winds of 145 kph, 178kph threshold for a "major" hurricane but still extremely risky. Thousands of soldiers from their National Guard forces have been mobilized. Cooper said he hopes more shelters will also open today.
By 2 p.m. Saturday, the storm won't even be halfway across SC, forecasters say.
Torrential rains brought about significant flooding in some areas, with the rains expected to continue over Oahu through Thursday.
Florence remains a unsafe Cat 4 with max winds of 130 miles per hour with a NW movement of 15 miles per hour . Many areas in the low-lying city flood with routine rain storms, causing street closures and detours.
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Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 140 miles per hour (220 kph) as it moved west-northwest at 13 miles per hour (20 kph). This includes cities in the path of Florence such as Wilmington and Cape Hatteras in North Carolina and Norfolk, Virginia.