Friday, 21 September, 2018

Maryland Task Force One heads south to help prepare for Hurricane Florence

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Kristen Harrington | 16 September, 2018, 16:15

Florence was about 550 miles off shore Wednesday morning and is expected to bring rain, wind and a massive storm surge to the Carolinas by Thursday.

Steady streams of vehicles full of people and belongings flowed inland on Tuesday as North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper tried to convince everyone on North Carolina's coast to flee.

"The better prepared anybody is, it can potentially reduce the impact of the claims if you can better harden your facilities against damage", said Robert O'Brien, a managing director in the national property-claims practice at Marsh, a unit of Marsh & McLennan Cos.

The coastal surge from Florence could leave the eastern tip of North Carolina under more than 9 feet (2.75 meters) of water in spots, projections showed.

Florence is following a similar sort of path hurricanes as Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005 and Hurricane Hugo in the Caribbean and southeastern U.S.in 1989, he said.

"We're just trying to plan for the future here, not having a house for an extended period of time", David Garrigus said.

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In the 11 p.m. ET advisory, Florence was 280 miles southeast of Wilmington, NC, packing maximum-sustained winds of 110 mph and moving to the northwest at 17 mph.

The head of Duke Energy Corp.'s North Carolina operations says it could take weeks to restore electricity if the company's prediction that 1 million to 3 million of its 4 million customers lose power.

Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal followed suit on Wednesday.

SC authorities said law enforcement officers were guarding against looting in evacuated areas, while Wilmington set a curfew on Saturday evening in response to looting in one area.

South Carolina's Governor Henry McMaster has ordered evacuations along the state's entire coastline. The center said the waves were measured by satellite. In the States of Maryland and Virginia imposed a state of emergency. As of Saturday, about 676,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina, along with 119,000 in SC.

There is now a hurricane warning in effect from the Santee River in SC to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. He adds, "Businesses in Myrtle Beach are to have operations ceased and secured by 5 this afternoon".

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"They told me to bring a pillow and blanket", Whisler said.

"Rather than a very narrow and intense band of winds, the winds are slightly weaker - but [they] cover a much larger area", NHC senior hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart said on Wednesday.

Hurricane Florence is just days from making landfall in the Carolinas. Does it make landfall and then stall?

"We are monitoring the track of the storm and so far the information I am getting is Athens can expect gusty winds and a moderate amount of rain", Burgess said.

By Saturday, total rainfall could accumulate to 20 inches (51 centimetres) - or even 30 inches in places - in parts of the Carolinas and Virginia, the NHC said.

The National Hurricane Center projects rainfall anywhere from 5 to 20 inches across SC.

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Rescued families were delivered to shelters, where approximately 20,000 people across the state were housed on Saturday. The White House said yesterday President Donald Trump had approved making federal funding available in some counties.

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