Hurricane Florence still poses grave threat despite weaker winds

Pauline Gross
September 15, 2018

"The big picture: There are several characteristics of the changing climate that are helping to increase the risks of damage from Hurricane Florence, even though global warming is not directly causing such a storm to spin up".

Florence's large size - tropical storm force winds extend 170 miles from the center in all directions - means its fury will arrive long before the center of the storm comes ashore, Graham said. Parts of North Carolina could get 40 inches (1 meter) of rain.

Jeff Byard of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency said it was imperative locals heed the evacuation warnings.

The threat has sparked a rush of evacuation efforts in SC and North Carolina, with more than 1 million people urged to get out of Florence's way.

Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued in coastal area of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

The pivot in the forecasted track of Florence led Georgia's governor to declare a state of emergency for all 159 counties, home to 10.5 million people.

Amanda Kinseth, reporter for WPDE ABC 15 News in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Some of these reactors - including Duke Energy's Brunswick and Harris nuclear plants in North Carolina and Dominion Energy's Surry plant in Virginia - may be directly in the hurricane's path, Reuters reported.

A storm surge watch is in effect for Edisto Beach, SC, to South Santee River, SC, and for north of Duck, NC, to the North Carolina/Virginia border.

"They told me to bring a pillow and blanket", Whisler said.

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The rising sea crept towards the two-storey home of Tom Copeland, who lives on a spit of land surrounded by water in Swansboro. By Friday morning, the shore was flooded, and buildings were damaged, in video she put up on Facebook.

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In Charleston, South Carolina, streets were quiet with schools and many offices and businesses closed.

Emergency preparations in SC now include more than 2,100 of the state's National Guard soldiers.

If anyone left out there doubts Florence's sheer capacity to wreak havoc in the coming days, this NOAA satellite image (from former NASA scientist and Professor Marshall Shepherd) should do the convincing.

"Rather than a very narrow and intense band of winds, the winds are slightly weaker - but [they] cover a much larger area", NHC senior hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart said on Wednesday.

Florence was one of two major storms threatening millions of people on opposite sides of the world.

It is estimated that the wind speed in the eye of the hurricane reaches more than 200 kilometers per hour.

Florence is predicted to turn more toward the northwest through Thursday - but then is expected to head more west-northwest and stall a bit over the Carolinas.

The lingering storm could bring days of heavy rains, which could spark intense floods from SC to Virginia.

"While it remains possible the system becomes a tropical storm, we see no reason right now to believe it becomes more than that, and we're not convinced it develops at all", said Space City Weather's Eric Berger in the blog. "It's called Mother Nature".

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