Hundreds more flights canceled as Florence nears the Carolina coastal area
Hundreds more flights canceled as Florence nears the Carolina coastal area
14 September, 2018, 05:33
Weather Underground meteorology director Jeff Masters said Florence eventually could strike as a Category 1 hurricane with winds less than 160 kph, but that could still cause at least $1 billion in damage.
It is an extremely unsafe, life-threatening, historic hurricane, ' North Carolina governor Roy Cooper said. But one thing it might actually help is to reduce the overall wind speed, though we're still going to have gusty winds around here which combined with that wet soil could bring down some trees. In fact, we wouldn't be shocked if the camera eventually went offline in the next few hours.
Hurricane Florence is not expected to make landfall until Friday morning but residents in coastal areas are already losing power as gusts lash the eastern edge of North Carolina.
Flooding from both the storm surge and rainfall could be "catastrophic", the National Hurricane Center warned. "Leaving is such a problem with the traffic going out", Jennie told VOA Thursday afternoon as she strolled along the shore of Carolina Beach near Wilmington, North Carolina.
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In Virginia, where about 245,000 residents were ordered to evacuate low-lying areas, officials urged people to remain away from home despite forecast changes showing Florence's path largely missing the state. Municipal power agencies, including New Bern and Southport, have not reported any outages yet. As if the storm itself is not risky enough, it is expected to spawn tornadoes in southeast North Carolina on Thursday and Friday.
Adding to concerns, forecasters warned the larger and slow-moving storm could linger for days around the coast, leaving many without power and supplies.
"It will be historic", Baker said of the rain from Florence.
"You put your life at risk by staying", Cooper said.
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"Since the track is slower and the storm will reside in the area for a longer period of time rainfall amounts are expected to be extreme", Reid Hawkins, science officer for the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, said in a statement.
The downgraded status of the storm, which indicates that Hurricane Florence is moving at maximum sustained wind speeds of 110 miles per hour, means little in terms of its impact and deadly potential, according to Elliot Abrams, chief forecaster at Accuweather.
Navarro concluded by emphasizing again that this is a serious life-threatening situation and people need to be evacuating. The surge won't be as bad as it potentially could have been, however, and the winds won't be as strong.
Numerous communities throughout the region have issued either mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders. On Thursday morning, South 17th Street, usually teeming with commuter traffic by 6:30 a.m., was almost devoid of cars.
"We are extremely concerned with the streams and rivers at full capacity", Ringgold said.
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At 5 a.m., the storm was centered 575 miles (925 km) southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving at 17 mph (28 kph). Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency for all Georgia counties ahead of Hurricane Florence's landfall.
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Flooding risks are also causing worries over the more than 300 wild horses living on North Carolina's coasts. The surge won't be as bad as it potentially could have been, however, and the winds won't be as strong.
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