‘Flood catastrophe developing’ for Myrtle Beach area in Hurricane Florence

Cesar Mills
September 14, 2018

Hurricane Florence is making landfall in North Carolina, creeping ashore at 6 miles per hour - but bringing winds of 90 miles per hour, a massive storm surge, and a rain system that will soak much of the state and SC for days.

Myrtle Beach, a SC beach resort, was virtually deserted with empty streets, boarded up storefronts and very little traffic.

Hurricane Florence is now a Category 4 storm making a beeline for the US East coast. Hurricane-force winds were blowing 80 miles (130 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds reached up to 195 miles (315 kilometers) from the eye.

Forecasters said conditions will only get more lethal as the storm smashes ashore early Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina line and crawls slowly inland.

"While the peak winds have fallen, they are still strong enough to be destructive to houses and trees, and the water-related threats (storm surge and rain) remain a very big concern", he wrote in a blog post Thursday.

More than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate over the past few days, and the homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.

Hurricane Florence is nearing the southeast USA coast, and the National Hurricane Center is providing frequent updates about the storm's movements.

Florence is moving slowly toward the northwest near 5 miles per hour, but a slow west-northwestward motion is expected to resume tonight or Friday.

Slower movement means a hurricane has more time to inundate a region with rain and storm surge.

U.S. President Donald Trump both touted the government's readiness and urged people to get out of the way. "Dont play games with it. It's a big one".

About 800 flights in the region have been canceled ahead of the storm, CNN reported. Areas east and south of Charlotte are expected to receive higher totals from Florence.

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One electricity company fears that three-quarters of its four million customers will lose power as a result of the storm, and may not be reconnected for weeks.

"The worst of the storm is not yet here, but these are warning signs of the days to come", Cooper said of the initial impacts.

Boarding up his home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Chris Pennington watched the forecasts and tried to decide when to leave.

Florence has it all: Hot ocean temperatures that fuel hurricanes.

Computer models of exactly what the storm might do varied, adding to the uncertainty.

North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Georgia declared states of emergency for the storm.

Where is Hurricane Florence now?

Leaders of the states in the path of the storm have warned people all week to evacuate the most susceptible areas.

It is now heading towards the US East Coast that it is predicted to hit on Friday.

"I'm lucky to be here today, but wherever they're going to send me I'm going".

She also said residents don't need to live next to a river or creek to experience catastrophic flooding in their basements. "If we lose the house, oh well, we can get housing".

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