Hurricane Florence to near Carolinas coast later Thursday

14 September, 2018, 02:09 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper speaks in Morrisville N.C

"It's a big one", he said at the White House. With Hurricane Florence set to wallop the area as a Category 4 hurricane, there are fears the ponds could overflow or even collapse amid extremely heavy rain, sending vast amounts of manure from thousands of farms into rivers and contaminating groundwater. Categories only represent the speed of sustained winds, and these are still destructive.

Warning the 10 million residents of America's Southeastern coast about Hurricane Florence, US President Donald Trump has said, "Don't play games with it".

"We're a little anxious about the storm surge so we came down to see what the river is doing now", said Linda Smith, 67, a retired nonprofit director.

Even worse: Florence is expected to hover over the Carolinas, whipping hurricane-force winds and dumping relentless rain at least through Saturday. That's enough to fill more than 15 million Olympic-size swimming pools. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center, while tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles.

"It's cumulative damage", Myers said.

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. "These enormous waves are produced by being trapped along with very strong winds moving in the same direction as the storm's motion". As the storm moves inland, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland will also be in peril.

Most of those cancellations are tied to the approaching hurricane, now a Category 2 storm with winds expected onshore late Thursday at more than 80 miles per hour. Fox News' Griff Jenkins reported Thursday morning from Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, where a lifelong resident explained his decision not to evacuate.

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State officials and the National Weather Service warned the storm's weakening only relates to wind speed, not surges or flooding. "Once you leave, you don't know how many days it will be before you can return", she said.

Conditions will deteriorate through Thursday (local time): Starting along the coast, winds will accelerate, the rain will intensify, and the ocean will surge ashore.

In North Carolina, Florence is expected to dump up to 40 inches of rain. The power company has warned that up to 3 million people could be left without power for an extended period of time following Hurricane Florence.

"It's just extremely busy and it's even busier than past year and all at once", Blake said. Catastrophic river flooding and flash flooding will occur for a large portion of eastern North and SC.

The zone where these intense winds occur will be narrow and they will last just a few hours, but the effects will probably be severe, similar to a tornado. Officials worry that as many as 1,000 of the town's 6,300 residents are staying in the town, which is less than 5 feet above sea level. The storm surge could reach up to more than 3.9m, if the maximum surge coincides with high tide.

"I don't care if this goes down to a Category 1", CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said on Thursday. "Flooding is nearly guaranteed".

"I've been through hurricanes before but never with kids", she said. She packed up what she could and took a ferry Tuesday night.

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