Hurricane Florence: Carolinas brace for 'storm of lifetime'

16 September, 2018, 13:38 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence, traveling toward the U.S. with sustained winds of up to 105 miles per hour, has started to hit the North Carolina coast.

Florence's maximum sustained winds were clocked on Thursday at 110 miles per hour (175 kph) after it was downgraded to a Category 2 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, according to the NHC.

Still, it appeared as though the storm's impact on flight schedules may not cascade outside the region as bad as originally feared. It is looking more likely that the CSRA could see wind and heavy rain from the storm this weekend into early next week.

He urged people in the coastal Carolinas and living near inland rivers to evacuate.

"Please heed the warnings", Brock says: "Your time is running out".

Hurricane Florence has dropped to a Category 2 status, but it remains "very unsafe storm" that will hit nearly all of North Carolina, and everybody "needs to pay attention and seek cover", Sen. Storm surge, the rise in seawater above normally dry land at the coast, could rise a story high.

Georgia joined a number of east coast states Wednesday in declaring a state of emergency. The firm estimated 759,000 homes and businesses could be damaged. The police chief of a barrier island in Florence's bulls'-eye said he was asking for next-of-kin contact information from the few residents who refused to leave. "It was located farther north in the Atlantic than any other storm to ever hit the Carolinas, so what we're forecasting is unprecedented", Moss said.

NASA video shows Hurricane Florence from space as it makes landfall
Cline said July was the wettest ever in that part of North Carolina, and the water table rose 21 inches higher than normal. North Carolina emergency management officials said more than 600,000 customers in North Carolina were without power.

"Do not let your guard down with the changing #Florence forecast".

Cooper is saying: "Don't relax; don't get complacent. Today the threat becomes a reality", he said.

About 5.25 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches, and 4.9 million more live in places covered by tropical storm warnings or watches, the National Weather Service said.

The Hurricane Center predicts the storm to maintain this strong Category 2 intensity until landfall, after which wind speeds will steadily decline. That system could develop into a tropical depression by Friday. Philippines starts massive evacuations as huge typhoon nears Philippine authorities began evacuating thousands of people on Thursday from the path of the most powerful typhoon this year, closing schools, readying bulldozers for landslides and placing rescuers and troops on full alert in the country's north. As of Thursday, almost a dozen airports have shut down, with more than 1,000 flights being canceled. Home Depot and Lowe's activated emergency response centers to get generators, trash bags and bottled water to stores before and after the storm.

Trucks are rushing into the region to restock store shelves, but Peggy Dorf, a freight and logistics market analyst for DAT Solutions, says they won't be for much longer.

The latest forecast models for Hurricane Florence indicate it is now likely to dump rain on parts of NY and CT early next week.

Duke is mobilizing about 20,000 workers, including from its Midwest and Florida units, to help restore power. While all simulations show the storm turning back to the north Sunday or Monday (local time), exactly where that turns occurs is a big wild card. The storm was about 170 miles (275 km) east of Wilmington, North Carolina.

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