Hurricane Florence: North Carolina residents urged to leave

Cesar Mills
September 16, 2018

Florence is also expected to lose speed and "hover" once it reaches the coast, which will intensify the impacts of its heavy rainfall and storm surges, Ken Graham, director of the National Hurricane Center (NHC), said in a Facebook Live update earlier today. That's because the landfall would be spread out over hundreds of miles, causing widespread storm surges.

According to the NHC forecast at 5 p.m. on September 12, the storm is forecast to slow down near the coast of North and SC before it passes over the states and into Georgia. The slow forward motion means Florence will batter the area with heavy rainfall, producing up to 40 inches in coastal North Carolina and northeastern SC.

Numerous roads were closed, and authorities warned of the risk of landslides, tornadoes and flash floods, with dams and bridges in peril as rivers and creeks swelled.

On a conference call with media, David Fountain, the Duke Energy North Carolina President, said they were using predictive modeling in historical data to make their estimates.

Jeff Byard, who is the FEMA associate administrator for the Office of Response and Recovery, said that Florence is "a very risky storm", Fox News reported.

At 2300 EDT (0300 GMT), the NHC said Florence had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 km), and was slowly drifting westward over SC. If it follows its most likely track, Florence will be the first major storm to make landfall so far north in the US.

States up and down the East Coast have a great potential for severe weather.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, concerned the storm would bring devastation south, issued an emergency declaration for all 159 counties in his state.

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Officials had warned before the storm that the rains could risk tainting waterways with murky coal ash and toxic hog waste. Florence's intensity has diminished since it roared ashore along the USA mid-Atlantic coast on Friday as a hurricane.

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Over 100 people remain trapped in New Bern, a town on the Neuse River which has been hit hard by rain and flooding. Power outages are widespread, affecting over 740,000 homes and businesses in North Carolina and 163,000 in SC .

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As of 11am local time, Florence was centred about 145 miles south east of Wilmington and its forward movement slowed to 10mph. NOAA also has a collection of live feeds , which include Buxton in North Carolina , and Cherry Beach and Folly Beach in SC .

The hurricane center is forecasting the storm to hover near the coast Saturday with winds of around 80 miles per hour (130 kph) before landfall, but with rainfall in the 20 to 30 inches range and up to 13 feet of storm surge.

That's because the weather systems that usually push and pull a storm are disappearing as Florence nears land around the border between North and SC.

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

Life-threatening storm surges of up to 13 feet were also forecast in some areas along with the possibility of tornadoes in North Carolina. "You will have a compounding effect of storm surge and the waves that will probably be quite devastating to the coastal communities", Ginis said. In Hurricane Sandy in 2012, storm surge-induced flooding measured as high as 9 feet above ground in parts of NY and New Jersey, leading to billions of dollars in damages.

From Thursday night through Sunday morning, CNN reported that Florence would travel only 150 miles, or slower than the average walking pace of 2-3 mph. In the Piedmont Triad area, we are expecting somewhere between 5-10 inches of rain.

Hurricane Florence is churning towards the U.S. east coast, prompting authorities to order more than a million people to evacuate the path of the extremely risky storm, which forecasters said could soon intensify.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic basin, Tropical Storm Isaac will strike the islands of the Lesser Antilles, which are expected to experience tropical storm conditions and rainfall amounts of up to 6 inches. That system could develop into a tropical depression by Friday. It is expected to turn away from the U.S.

Another disturbance is swirling around in the Gulf of Mexico.

Other reports by GizPress

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