Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Reasons why Hurricane Florence is extremely risky

\'Life-Threatening\' Hurricane Florence Now Forecast to Bring \'Catastrophic\' Flooding The startling stats that show the power of Hurricane Florence
Guillermo Lane | 15 September, 2018, 00:50

"On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday, and approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday", the NHC said.

Everyone "from SC into the Mid-Atlantic region should ensure they have their hurricane plan in place and follow any advice given by local officials", the hurricane center urged ahead of Florence's expected landfall on Thursday or Friday.

Businesses and homes in the storm's path were boarded up and thousands of people had moved to emergency shelters, officials said, urging anyone who remained near the coast to flee.

The coastal surge from Florence could leave the eastern tip of North Carolina under more than 9 feet (2.75 metres) of water in spots, projections showed.

As of 8 a.m. today, Florence was a Category 4 hurricane packing 130 miles per hour winds and moving about 15 miles per hour west-northwest.

The deep moisture that was in place across the region earlier this week, remnant moisture of Gordon that was carried in by the cold front and then stranded as the frontal boundary stalled, was expected to retreat westward as Florence nears the US coast, resulting in hot, dry weather for the Cumberland Plateau for much of the week.

The storm is now 845 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina. "Hurricane-force winds have expanded outward and now extend up to 60 miles (95 km) from the center". That would actually be Florence's storm surge, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said.

Crews also prepared 16 nuclear reactors in the three-state region for the storm.

A hurricane watch is now in effect for hundreds of miles of the U.S. East Coast, from Edisto Beach in SC up north to the North Carolina-Virginia border.

"The coast could see 10-to-12 feet of storm surge plus tides, and cause quite a mess across a stretch of the coast from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout and western Pamlico Sound", he said. "This is not an arcing storm, this is coming right in at 90 degrees, and those are the worst storms as far as keeping their intensity", explains WeatherBELL Meteorologist Joe Bastardi.

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Isaac became a tropical storm again approaching the Caribbean, while Hurricane Helene was veering northward, no threat to land.

Hurricane Florence has potential to cause "massive damage" to the U.S. southern east coast and mid-Atlantic.

FEMA Associate Administrator Jeff Byard warned residents in a press conference to expect infrastructure damage, power outages, and that the storm "has the potential to cause loss of life".

The decision brings the total to three games involving ranked teams that won't be played this weekend due to the Category 4 storm.

The evacuation is said to affect one out of every five South Carolinians, representing around a million residents.

Airlines, including American, Southwest, Delta and JetBlue, have begun letting affected passengers change travel plans without the usual fees.

"If we get more than 25 inches of rain, then we'll start to be concerned", he said.

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 center of the eye of the hurricane made landfall in Wrightsville, North Carolina early Friday morning. Even if you've ridden out storms before, this one is different.

"This storm is going to knock out power days into weeks".

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