Hurricane Florence is producing waves as high as 83 feet

13 September, 2018, 02:11 | Author: Sam Montgomery
  • Storm Florence: State Of Emergency Declared As US Braces For ‘Monster Hurricane’

Several prominent beaches along North Carolina's southern coast closest to where Florence was expected to pass as of Wednesday morning were under the mandatory evacuation order.

"This storm is a monster. It's big, and it's vicious", he said. "It is an extremely, dangerous, life-threatening, historic hurricane", said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, according to The Associated Press.

"All interests 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 said.

And there's "a huge difference" in the size and type of damage Florence inflicts if it stays 50 miles (80 kilometres) off shore versus heading inland immediately, Landsea said.

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Alamance County residents should brace for at least 2 to 4 inches and as much as 10 inches of rain over the weekend, the National Weather Service said Wednesday, Sept. 12. "We are totally prepared", Trump said at the White House.

Forecasters said Florence was expected to blow ashore late Thursday or early Friday, then slow down and dump 1 to 2½ feet (0.3 to 0.6 meters) of rain that could cause flooding well inland and wreak environmental havoc by washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms. That's the interesting thing about this track, is that it stalls very near the coast.

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Forecasters said it is now around 1,500 miles east of the Windward Islands and is carrying winds of 65mph (100kph). Florence is now 1,600 miles from the East Coast and moving toward Bermuda, the National Hurricane Center said.

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The latest GFS Model shows the storm approaching North Carolina, covering the state in precipitation over a fairly short amount of time.

He warned residents to take precautions "because once this storm is upon us, we're not going to be able to send emergency personnel out to rescue you".

The video below shows the South Carolina Highway Patrol leading the public down reversed lanes. There are more to come.

In Alamance County, we will likely begin seeing winds pick up around noon Friday with stronger gusts following overnight Friday into Saturday morning.

Even Wilmington, North Carolina - a coastal city accustomed to severe weather - is bracing for an unusually brutal impact. In Virginia, officials have evacuated one state prison, though local jails in the affected area are planning to keep inmates in place after stockpiling food and fuel, the Virginian-Pilot reports.

People weren't the only ones evacuating to get out of the path of Hurricane Florence.

Planes "are generally not destroyed by strong winds while in flight", NOAA noted, which is how these aircraft can make it through. Florence exploded into a potentially catastrophic hurricane Monday as it closed in on North and SC, carrying winds up to 140 miles per hour (220 kph) and water that could wreak havoc over a wide stretch of the eastern United States later this week.

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