Coastal residents wait, watch as Florence's fury begins
Coastal residents wait, watch as Florence's fury begins
Hurricane Florence churns over the Atlantic as seen from the International Space Station
16 September, 2018, 13:34
"I don't care if this goes down to a Category 1", said CNN meteorologist Chad Myers. Rain intensity will pick up, as will wind speed and the storm surge is expected to reach up to 13 feet in some areas.
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"Against my better judgment, due to emotionalism, I evacuated", he said.
The forecast suggests as much as 40in of rain over seven days along the coast, with the deluge continuing even as the centre of the storm pushes its way over the Appalachian Mountains. Florence has weakened a bit over 24 hours, but it's also grown even larger - and it will likely dump torrential rain over North and SC through Monday.
"While the peak winds have fallen, they are still strong enough to be destructive to houses and trees, and the water-related threats (storm surge and rain) remain a very big concern", he wrote in a blog post Thursday.
THE life-threatening hurricane, Florence, is expected to hover the Carolinas in the USA with torrential rains, high winds and massive coastal erosion.
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The Coast Guard said ocean-going vessels were told to prepare to leave.
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In this September 12, 2018 photo provided by NASA, hurricane Florence churns over the Atlantic Ocean heading for the US east coast as seen from the International Space Station.
Florence's maximum sustained winds were clocked on Thursday at 105 miles per hour (165 kph) after it was downgraded to a Category 2 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, according to the NHC. Then it is likely to hover along the coast on Saturday, pushing up to 13ft of storm surge.
Dorf says trucking companies and logistics firms are working with FEMA and state and local authorities to park trucks full of goods and materials needed in the recovery in temporary warehouse and staging areas just out of the path of the hurricane, so they can quickly move into affected areas once the storm clears.
First Warn forecaster Larry Sprinkle says Hurricane Florence will likely make landfall near Wilmington, North Carolina as a Category 2 hurricane early Friday morning, possibly around 2 a.m.
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Four linemen from Naperville are among thousands of workers across the country being mobilized to restore electric service once it's known what damage Hurricane Florence causes in the Carolinas.
As many as three million people are expected to lose power. The storm is now moving northwest at 15 miles per hour. It's moving north, and is expected to turn away from the U.S.
Monster storm Hurricane Florence is barreling closer to the coast of the Carolinas.
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The Category 4 storm is expected to make landfall in North Carolina Thursday and may be the costliest hurricane in US history. DHS/FEMA stand fiscally and operationally ready to support current and future response and recovery needs, ' he added.
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Mayor Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune told CNN traffic out of the SC city has more than quadrupled as residents and visitors evacuate. Officials had warned before the storm that the rains could risk tainting waterways with murky coal ash and toxic hog waste.
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It will likely take until Monday, however, before the threat of significant heavy rain is over, and it will still rain at times. Meanwhile, many were experiencing a complete blackout as the storm damaged infrastructure, utility poles and transmission lines.
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