Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
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How Is Hurricane Florence Affecting You?

How Is Hurricane Florence Affecting You?

Maps of the storm's trajectory showed it likely to come ashore somewhere near the border of North Carolina and SC.

There is the potential for Florence to stall or significantly reduce its forward speed as it nears the coast, which could prolong the effects of damaging winds, storm surge flooding and beach erosion.

Authorities anxious about the storm's potential to unleash prolonged torrential rains and widespread flooding across several states, especially if it lingers inland for several days.

"There's never been a storm like Florence". The forecast is for landfall to occur overnight Thursday into Friday morning.

Many newcomers have moved to the coast in the almost 19 years since the last strong hurricane - Floyd - threatened the area.

Beyond the damage from wind and high surf, Hurricane Florence is predicted to slow over the Carolinas where it may dump up to 30 inches of rain over much of North and SC.

SHAPIRO: I know that Wilmington is near the southeastern tip of the state right between the Atlantic Ocean and the Cape Fear River.

Behind Isaac, Hurricane Helene is gaining strength, with wind speeds of over 105 miles per hour as of Monday afternoon.

Duke Energy, a power company in the Carolinas, estimated that one million to three million customers could lose electricity because of the storm and that it could take weeks to restore.

Evacuations have already begun along the coastline in North and SC, which are likeliest at this point to suffer a direct hit.

"The rough surf and seas can occur hundreds of miles away from the path of the storm", Sosnowski said.

Preparations for Florence were intensifying up and down the densely populated east coast. Then swim at an angle, away from the current, toward the shore.

But people were taking it in the humour with which it was meant. Its center will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday.

Hurricane Florence is now a Category 4 storm and is "rapidly strengthening" as it heads toward the Carolinas coast, bringing "exceptionally heavy rain", the National Hurricane Center said Monday.

Savannah area residents can breathe easier as Florence continues to track to the north.

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. It's possible that the storm will slow significantly as it moves inland, stalling out and dumping huge amounts of rain, Pallozzi says.

Storms increase in frequency and intensity by mid-August and into September as temperatures in the Atlantic climb to their highest levels, Javaheri said.

Hurricane Florence is likely to strengthen to a Category 5 storm as it approaches the United States where 1.7 million people have been warned to get out of the way.

According to the most recent data from the National Weather Service, Florence is now a category 4 hurricane with 130 miles per hour winds.

The combination of saturated ground and strong winds is likely to knock down scores of trees. Obviously it's a big storm with high winds.

Coastal areas of North Carolina began evacuating on Monday, with a second wave at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

"Texas Task Force 1 and Texas Task Force 2 have over 800 highly trained members and canines with diverse backgrounds and skills, able to support search, rescue, logistics, emergency medicine, structural engineering and more".

Several of the schools appeared to be publicly in agreement on the need for schedule changes due to Florence, though East Carolina's decision not to travel to Blacksburg nixed Saturday's game. You could kill someone and you cannot frighten a hurricane.

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