‘Atmospheric Brick Wall’ Steers Hurricane Florence Toward US East Coast

Cesar Mills
September 14, 2018

As of Tuesday morning, Hurricane Florence is still a Category 4, but Gentry said the rain total prediction has changed to three to six inches. "We don't know exactly where the center will go, but it's not really relevant".

Even the hurricane's intensity can affect the direction it takes, as "the atmosphere has different winds at different heights, so the winds at the upper levels may be different than they are at the lower levels", Bell said.

Florence rapidly intensified over the past 24 hours becoming a Category 4 storm, with maximum sustained winds of up to 140mph.

In South Carolina, No. 2 Clemson hosts Georgia Southern in the afternoon while South Carolina hosts Marshall that night.

The centre of the massive storm is forecast to make landfall late Thursday or early Friday along a stretch of coastline already saturated by rising seas, and then meander for days, inundating several states and triggering life-threatening floods. But more than 10 inches is forecast for a larger area, including most of eastern North Carolina inland to just north of Richmond, Virginia. It took Matheson and her husband almost the whole day Monday to drive the 60 miles (100 kilometres) off the barrier island.

The vessels would get underway from Naval Station Norfolk and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek to avoid potential damage from winds and tidal surges, said Colonel Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman. "All you have to do is look up at your ceiling, and think about 12 feet (of water). This rainfall may produce life-threatening flash flooding".

President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC, facilitating federal help, and cancelled campaign events Thursday and Friday, citing the storm.

He encouraged citizens to use the time between now and Thursday to prepare and use common sense in staying safe. President Donald Trump tweeted on Monday evening.

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The forecasters also cautioned that rainfall accumulations of 2-4 inches are possible from Thursday into Friday. Aircraft data indicate that maximum sustained winds remain near 60 miles per hour (95 km/h) with higher gusts.

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At least 12,000 people had taken refuge in 126 emergency shelters, Governor Cooper said, with more facilities being opened. The Miami-based center says Florence is bringing "catastrophic" fresh water flooding over a wide area of the Carolinas .

A Category 4 storm has sustained winds from 130 to 156 miles per hour.

Virginia's governor ordered a mandatory evacuation for some residents of low-lying coastal areas, while some coastal counties in North Carolina have done the same.

Tuesday afternoon, lanes were reversed on US 501 and three other SC highways as residents of the coastal area fled from Hurricane Florence, a raging tropical cyclone that is expected to deliver a crippling blow to a large swath of the Mid-Atlantic Coast and inland areas today (Thursday) and tomorrow. Currently, Florence has winds of 140 miles per hour (220 kilometers/hour), making it a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, the National Hurricane Center reported. But that part of the East Coast rarely sees major hurricanes.

He said that the federal government was prepared to spend whatever was necessary and make every preparation possible for the storm. Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina and North Carolina have all declared states of emergencies. "Florence is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 15 to 20 inches with isolated maxima to 30 inches near Florence's track over portions of North Carolina, Virginia and northern SC through Saturday".

Duke coach David Cutcliffe says the team will leave Durham on Thursday instead of its typical Friday departure because it's "our best opportunity to get out".

All signs pointed to a stronger, slower, wider and wetter hurricane in the days ahead, forecasters said.

In the Pacific, Hurricane Olivia triggered warnings for multiple Hawaiian islands as it blew west towards an arrival over the state as soon as late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

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