Hurricane Florence set for 'direct hit' on USA east coast - global

15 September, 2018, 19:17 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • \'Life-Threatening\' Hurricane Florence Now Forecast to Bring \'Catastrophic\' Flooding

Hurricane Florence, on track to become the first Category 4 storm to make a direct hit on North Carolina in six decades, is howling closer to shore, threatening to unleash deadly pounding surf, days of torrential rain and severe flooding.

While Florence is expected to strengthen as it approaches the Carolina coast, the storm will weaken before it makes landfall. The storm was moving northwest at 17mph (28km/h), and was showing signs of strengthening, with category 4 winds of 130mph (215km/h).

South Carolina State Veterinarian Boyd Parr has suspended some of the requirements for the interstate transport of animals to accommodate evacuations ahead of Hurricane Florence.

"This will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast, and that's saying a lot given the impacts we've seen from Hurricanes Diana, Hugo, Fran, Bonnie, Floyd, and Matthew".

A Category 5 hurricane can generate sustained winds at 251 kilometres per hour. More than 1 million residents have been ordered to evacuate from the coastline of the three states, while university campuses, schools and factories were being shuttered.

If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could bring torrential rains to the Appalachian mountains and as far away as West Virginia, causing flash floods, mudslides and other unsafe conditions.

"This is still a very unsafe storm", South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said at a briefing on Tuesday.

Watches were already in effect Tuesday for a storm surge that could reach up to 12 feet at high tide on a stretch from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout in North Carolina, forecasters said. "The threat will be inland, so I'm afraid, based on my experience at Fema, that the public is probably not as prepared as everybody would like". "It is likely some areas will flood that have never flooded before".




The hurricane watch notice is significant because it signals the opening of a 48-hour window for the expected first arrival of tropical storm-force winds.

The American Red Cross said more than 700 workers were headed to the region while shelters were set up to house those unable to flee.

But while wind speed offers an easily quantifiable way to rate unsafe storms, forecasters are warning people not to fixate on wind speeds, saying that saltwater from the storm surge and freshwater from heavy rains pose a serious threat, no matter what the top winds are when the hurricane makes landfall.

Meteorologists were not certain where Florence would wash ashore, but as of Monday evening landfall was generally expected to be somewhere between Myrtle Beach and North Carolina's Outer Banks.

"We are sparing no expense".

Trump faced severe criticism for his administration's response to Hurricane Maria past year in Puerto Rico. There are more than 25 million people facing the threat of the storm. No. 14 West Virginia's game at North Carolina State and No. 18 UCF's game at North Carolina are the others.

Still, the hog industry disputes the idea that there's much environmental risk from the waste lagoons, said Andy Curliss, Chief Executive Officer of the North Carolina Pork Council. Many gasoline stations were running low on fuel. "What is flooding going to do to our home, our city?" "Everybody in the area has been busy trying to get corn in and just about everyone is finished up that". "Any amounts of money, whatever it takes, we're going to do it".

But while wind speed offers an easily quantifiable way to rate risky storms, forecasters are warning people not to fixate on that, saying that saltwater from the storm surge and freshwater from heavy rains pose a serious threat, no matter what the top winds are when the hurricane makes landfall.

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