Friday, 21 September, 2018

NOAA Hurricane Hunters fly over Florence

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Kristen Harrington | 14 September, 2018, 10:26

Hurricane Florence is now barreling toward the East Coast and is forecast to bring, "life-threatening storm surge and rainfall... across portions of the Carolinas", according to NOAA's National Hurricane Center.

A man runs past a mandatory evacuation sign before Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, Florence was 435 miles from Wilmington, N.C., moving northwest at 16 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Late Wednesday, the storm had weakened slightly to a Category 2 hurricane with winds of 110 miles per hour (175 kph) as it approaches the North and SC coasts. For those in any region that is forecasted to get around or above 4 to 6 inches of rain, take special note.

As of 8 a.m. EDT, the Category 2 storm was centered about 170 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and about 220 miles east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The storm is now 280 miles southeast of Wilmington with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph.

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Mayor Joe Benson said the storm will batter the oceanside town through two high-tide periods. "We're a good community up there". Storm surge is why many of you have been placed under evacuation and we are asking citizens to please heed a warning .

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Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind, and the rain and storm surge will make Florence extremely risky.

"As we have been predicting, this hurricane is unpredictable", McMaster said at a news briefing updating the state's response to Florence on Wednesday.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper urged residents to remain alert despite changing forecasts.

Forecasters said that given the storm's size and sluggish track, it could cause epic damage akin to what the Houston area saw during Hurricane Harvey just over a year ago, with floodwaters swamping homes and businesses and washing over industrial waste sites and hog-manure ponds.

Florence is headed straight for some of the most well-known military bases in the country.

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Florence's weakening as it neared the coast created tension between some who left home and authorities who anxious that the storm could still be deadly.

"This is a very unsafe hurricane", Mr McMaster said, adding that the evacuation order for coastal counties was "mandatory, not voluntary".

The tickets are available on a first come first serve basis, the department said.

The hurricane center's projected track previously had Florence charging into the North Carolina coast on Friday.

As the massive storm is predicted to wallop the area, there are ways to alleviate the stress of an approaching hurricane and be prepared.

The likelihood of South Carolina's coast being without electricity for a prolonged amount of time, though, made the couple decide to flee. Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said. Most other beachgoers were long gone.

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