Hurricane Florence is producing waves as high as 83 feet

14 September, 2018, 03:45 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Hurricane Florence churns through the Atlantic Ocean toward the U.S. East Coast on Sept. 12

It marks the beginning of a prolonged assault from wind and water, which - by the time it's over - is likely to bring devastating damage and flooding to millions of people in the Southeast.

Persistent rains with 160 km/h winds or higher will take their toll on structures. Stay on guard. This is a powerful storm that can kill.

He added: "This is a very unsafe storm". These unforgiving winds will damage homes and buildings, down trees and knock out power.

Florence's nighttime winds were down to 110 miles per hour from a high of 140 miles per hour, and the Category 3 storm fell to a Category 2, with a further slow weakening expected as the storm nears the coast. "It's something we haven't seen. ever".

"Just because we have a landfall to the south doesn't mean your out of the woods because the wind around this storm is huge", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said Wednesday morning. Widespread rainfall amounts could reach 152mm to 300mm, spurring flooding. His home, built 1 mile inland in 2016, is raised 25 feet off the ground and is built to withstand 140-mph winds, he said.

The slow speed will give Florence time to pound the Carolinas with band after band of heavy rain, causing "catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding".

Rain projections also increased, with some locations along the North Carolina coast now expected to get up to 40 inches.

Hurricane Florence is now a category 2 hurricane, with winds of close to 110mph (177km/h).

A graphic of Hurricane Florence's path, generated today (Sept. 12) at 2 p.m. ET by the National Hurricane Center, shows an approximate representation of coastal areas under a hurricane warning (red), hurricane watch (pink), tropical storm warning (blue) and tropical storm watch (yellow).

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Tropical Storm Isaac moved between the islands of Martinique and Dominica this morning, where warnings were issued to the population.

Boarding up his home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Chris Pennington watched the forecasts and tried to decide when to leave.

"It's still going to be the same result with the amount of water that's being pushed on shore", he explained.

The town is less than 5 feet above sea level, and officials worry that as many as 1,000 of its 6,300 residents are planning to stay.

"It has moved in", said Jordan Baker, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington.

Myrtle Beach International Airport in SC has also suspended commercial operations, and urges passengers to check with their airlines - not the airport - about upcoming itineraries.

The threat of storm surges loom for areas in the path of the storm, meaning life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland is possible in the next 36 hours. Heavy rains were forecast to extend into the Appalachians, affecting parts of Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia. When and where it will make landfall is unclear.

The storm is not expected to change much in strength before making landfall. "If I can't get back in a week, after awhile they might turn on each other or trash the place". It could go out for a number of days, it could go out for weeks. He said that the hurricane could only be captured on a super-wide lens, even from 400 kilometres up.

SC ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents while North Carolina ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination. But then they gradually diverge.

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