Friday, 21 September, 2018

Hurricane Florence making landfall in North Carolina

Stranded at an airport because of Hurricane Florence? Be prepared to pay for your own food and lodging 2 p.m. update: Florence within 110 miles of Wilmington
Kristen Harrington | 14 September, 2018, 16:30

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.

He said hurricane-force winds extended outward 80 miles from the center of the storm and tropical storm-force winds extended almost 200 miles out. "This is a very unsafe storm".

SC ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents while North Carolina announced an evacuation of the Outer Banks, a popular tourist destination.

But North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned: "Don't relax, don't get complacent". "The storm surge forecast associated with this storm has not changed".

Hurricane Florence Shifts South as Carolinas Hunker Down
Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind, and he said it will still be an extremely risky storm for rain and storm surge. As the East Coast prepares to take on Hurricane Florence , the massive storm appears to be flexing its muscles in the Atlantic.

In the North Carolina town of New Bern, rescuers removed more than 100 people from rising waters, but about 150 more had to wait when conditions worsened and a storm surge reached 10 feet. Here's why this storm threatens not only the coast but millions of people inland.

According to the NHC's forecast discussion at 12 p.m. on September 13: "The subtropical ridge to the northeast and east of Florence is now well-established between Bermuda and the USA mid-Atlantic region and extends westward into Virginia and the central Appalachians".

More than 370,000 people were without power in North Carolina early on Friday, state officials said. It will then move along the "spine of the Appalachians".

Florence will be, in all likelihood, the most intense storm to strike the region in at least 25 years, since Hugo.

USA coast battered by wind, rain as Hurricane Florence closes in
Almost 2,900 people are out of power in the Wampee and S.C. 9 area west of Little River, according to Horry Electric's website . Ken Graham, director of the hurricane center, said on Facebook the storm surges could push in as far as 3 kilometers (2 miles).

"We're still going to get catastrophic inland flooding from heavy rains and multibillion-dollar storm-surge damage along the coast where it hits, " said Jeff Masters, co-founder of Weather Underground in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He still has peanuts, soybeans and sweet potatoes in the ground.

Some areas could receive as much as 40 inches (one meter) of rain, forecasters said. "It's discouraging to see a crop you worked with all year long, nurture it, plant it and see it destroyed".

North Carolina corrections officials said more than 3,000 people were relocated from prisons and juvenile detention centers in the path of Florence, and more than 300 county prisoners were transferred to state facilities. The vivid presentation - powered by the Unreal Engine, most commonly used in video games - seems likely to serve as a more pressing demonstration of the storm's threat than a mere written warning, and that's vitally important for folks in impacted areas.

Along with agriculture, the Carolinas stand as an important regional hub for banking, technology, manufacturing and transportation, accounting for about 4 per cent of US gross domestic product, according to a Bloomberg US economic analysis.

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In its 0600 GMT advisory, the center said Florence was over the Atlantic Ocean about 35 miles (55 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina and moving northwest at six miles per hour (10 kilometers per hour).

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