Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

No Hurricane Florence evacuation orders for Jasper, Beaufort

Chris Bailey's Forecast | Florence may impact our weather 'Life-Threatening' Hurricane Florence Is Barreling Toward the Carolinas
Kristen Harrington | 14 September, 2018, 11:57

Hurricane Florence is threatening millions of Americans in the southeast, as FEMA warns that this is a very risky storm.

"Please be prepared, be careful and be SAFE", he wrote.

Hurricane Florence is now hurtling toward North and SC and is forecast to bring unprecedented rainfall. "We are ready. We're as ready as anybody's ever been". "If you are not under an evacuation order, finish your preparations today".

Florence is now expected to pass over much of SC, with storm force winds beginning Thursday and hurricane force winds on Friday, said John Quagliariello with the National Weather Service in Columbia. President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid.

LDS Church missionaries evacuated as ‘storm of a lifetime’ nears East Coast
Since moving south, she has lived through many hurricanes but did not want to chance anything with Hurricane Florence. When Hurricane Matthew made landfall in 2014, Benson and her family stayed because it was only a Category 1 storm.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said that Florence's maximum sustained winds had eased slightly to 115 miles per hour (185 kph) and it had been downgraded to a Category 3 storm from a Category 4 on the five-level Saffir-Simpson wind scale.

Reacting to the possibility of a more southerly track, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared an emergency but did not immediately order any evacuations.

"GEMA/HS continues to lead our preparedness efforts as we coordinate with federal, state and local officials to provide pubic shelter and accommodate those evacuating from their states".

Forecasters expected some strengthening in the next 36 hours, as Florence marched west-northwest at 20kmh.

NOAA Hurricane Hunters fly over Florence
Wednesday, Florence was 435 miles from Wilmington, N.C., moving northwest at 16 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center . A man runs past a mandatory evacuation sign before Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

Wilmington, North Carolina, just north of where the hurricane is expected to come ashore, was sunny around midday on Wednesday as the town appeared to be emptying. "It's going to happen".

People fleeing coastal North and SC clogged highways Wednesday as Florence bore down on the coast for a direct hit in a low-lying region dense with beachfront vacation homes.

Officials in New Hanover County, which includes Wilmington, have stockpiled enough food and water for 60,000 people for four days, along with more than 28,000 tarps. In South Carolina, close to the Georgia line, Beaufort County emergency chief Neil Baxley told residents they need to prepare again for the worst just in case. "But no matter how bad it's going to be, it will pass and our job will be to rebuild this community together, and that's what we're going to do".

Governor Deal issues State of Emergency across Georgia
One trusted computer model, the European simulation, predicted more than 45 inches (115 centimeters) in parts of North Carolina. Due to the storm's enormous size and power, it's been a recent - if not frightening - muse for astronaut photography .

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