Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
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Hurricane Florence looms over East Coast — WHAT’S HAPPENING

Hurricane Florence looms over East Coast — WHAT’S HAPPENING

Hurricane Florence is predicted to creep across the coast from North Carolina to SC, drenching a wide area after making landfall late Thursday or early Friday. The storm surge could rise up to 13 feet - that's water inundating homes up to the first-floor ceiling, the National Hurricane Center said.

North Carolina and SC are bracing for the onslaught, which could bring storm surges as high as nine feet and rainfall of as much as 40 inches in some areas.

Its unclear exactly how many people fled, but more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out.

The answers are beyond even the best climate models, heightening the need for improved forecasting tools to help emergency planners and local governments to better brace for intense storms. "This is a storm that is historic, maybe once in a lifetime". But it could have been worse: Labor Day marked the end of the peak tourism season in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and other coastal getaways. Though Ike had 110mph winds at landfall, it had grown very large over the Gulf of Mexico, and this large size allowed it to develop an enormous amount of "integrated energy" that manifested itself as a devastating storm surge.

(Man removes a customer's boat from the water in advance of Hurricane Florence in Wrightsville Beach) Forecasters said Florence's eye could come ashore early on Friday around the North Carolina-South Carolina line. It was located about 205 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and about 250 miles (405 kilometers) east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, moving to the northwest at 15 mph. Hundreds of thousands of people have already evacuated. Some regions are expected to receive more than 20 inches of rain from the hurricane and its giant knot of storm clouds. Flash floods will be a major problem for some areas, and the overall flooding could be catastrophic.

"The power will be off for weeks", Long said. Unsure of what they might find when they return home, the couple went shopping for a recreational vehicle. "There will be flooding in inland areas as well". "This is not going to be a glancing blow", Byard explained. I believe that was a Category 1 storm when it hit Charlotte.

And even from space, Hurricane Florence looks terrifying.

Packing maximum sustained winds of over 100 miles per hour, the Category 2 hurricane is expected to make landfall early Friday morning and dump as much as 40 inches of rain in some areas. "We can not underestimate this storm".

In the latest update from the NOAA, Florence is just 205 miles off Wilmington Beach and 250 miles off Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Streets were quiet with schools and many offices and businesses closed.

"We hope to have something left when we get home", she said.

Motorists were streaming inland on highways converted to one-way evacuation routes after forecasters and politicians pleaded with the public to take the warnings seriously.

Grace Beasley said: 'I'm now in the Philippines and the country is making huge preparations for typhoon Mangkhut, which has already caused devastation to Guam'.

Charleston, resident William Belli said he would not be among those joining the exodus.

"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico", Trump said on Twitter. "Not anxious in the least". The commanding general says anyone remaining on base will have food, water and protection despite being in the projected path of the storm. "I will enjoy the quiet", he said. Evacuations have been ordered for coastal residents, and the slow-moving storm could dump feet of rain in some places as it slogs through.

Hurricane Florence as seen from the ISS.

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