Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Carolina Braces for Florence Storm Surge

Hurricane Florence Lifestyle
Guillermo Lane | 15 September, 2018, 02:47

Hurricane Watches and Warnings, along with Storm Surge Warnings and Flash Flood Watches cover the coasts of the Carolinas.

"The worst of the storm is not yet here, but these are the early warnings of what's to come", he said.

Florence is now a Category 1 storm with a 10-foot storm surge, according to the National Weather Service.

"Go ahead and go - even those who are season-veterans that weathered other storms in the past", Knight said.

More than 420,000 people had evacuated their homes by Thursday afternoon, McMaster said.

Hurricanes and typhoons not only bring severe coastal flooding via storm surge-they create awful inland flooding as well.

Hurricane force winds are extending outwards from the centre of the storm by 80 miles.

"I was feeling fine until I woke up this morning and this is a ghost town", said Kristin Beard, a 40-year-old Myrtle Beach marketer.

A view of Hurricane Florence is shown churning in the Atlantic Ocean in a west, north-westerly direction heading for the eastern coastline of the United States, taken by cameras outside the International Space Station, September 12, 2018.

Steve Goldstein with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said Florence's forward motion had slowed overnight, and it was not expected to make landfall in the Carolinas for "another 36 hours".

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For people who stayed behind near the coast, or find themselves facing the brunt of the storm, officials are offering safety advice.

In Shallotte, N.C., a coastal town near the border with SC, emergency orders forced a Waffle House to shut down - an act that was widely seen as a sign of respect for Florence's imposing size and strength. "The larger and the slower the storm is, the greater the threat and the impact - and we have that".

The storm's center was about 110 miles (180 km) east of Wilmington, North Carolina, at 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT) but tropical storm-strength winds and heavy rains already were hitting North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier islands.

Wilmington resident Julie Terrell said she was concerned after walking to breakfast past a row of shops fortified with boards, sandbags and hurricane shutters.

Forecasters' European climate model is predicting two trillion to 11 trillion gallons of rain will fall on North Carolina over the next week, according to meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com.

On Monday, with the storm appearing to shift south, McMaster, the SC governor, ordered schools in Aiken County, near the Georgia line, to close for the rest of the week to free up shelter space for hurricane evacuees.

The hurricane was seen as a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as slow and unprepared for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico past year. "Inland flooding kills a lot of people, unfortunately, and that's what we're about to see", he said. They also have three dogs and three parrots.

"We try to facilitate. anything that makes a smooth transition from home to shelter", he said.

Almost 1.7m people along the coastlines of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia have been ordered to evacuate. The storm surge could reach up to more than 3.9m, if the maximum surge coincides with high tide.

Despite reassurances from FEMA and Trump, Florence's fluctuations and course-change predictions have added to the difficulties of preparing for such a massive storm.

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