AccuWeather Explains What to Expect from 'Monster' Hurricane Florence

15 September, 2018, 02:12 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
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The storm, a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale, was expected to grow stronger and larger over the next few days, the NHC said.

"We try to pump down as much as we can, but after that, it's kind of in God's hands", farmer Marlowe Vaughan tells NPR.

Industrial waste, including toxic ash from power plants, could also be spread by flooding from the massive storm, which has caused mandatory evacuations of coastal areas in both Carolinas and Virginia, the AP reports.

We will remind, the government of Washington declared a state of emergency in connection with approach of hurricane of the fourth category "Nightingale".

With state governments in SC and North Caroline issuing evacuations along the coast and other potential flood zones, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has said that it is mobilizing for a storm that could knock out power for weeks and lead to the displacement of tens if not hundreds of thousands of residents across multiple states.

Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said that while Florence is expected to slow down considerably by late Thursday and into Friday, it will still be an "extremely unsafe major hurricane" when it makes landfall.

Hurricane-force winds were blowing 80 miles from its centre, and tropical storm force winds reached up to 195 miles from the eye.

Duke Energy said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks. "We ask you to heed the warnings - today is the day".

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The storm's first casualties included a mother and her baby, who died when a tree fell on their brick house in Wilmington, North Carolina.

"Forecasts generally project the storm to make landfall between northern SC and North Carolina's Outer Banks as a strong Category 3 on Thursday, although shifts in the track are possible and storm impacts will expand great distances beyond where landfall occurs".

"I do worry though about people here because many didn't prepare, you know, because originally they didn't think it was going to be so bad here", Sparks said. Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said.

Forecasters anxious the storm's damage will be all the worse if it lingers on the coast.

"Against my better judgment, due to emotionalism, I evacuated", he said. They typically rebound once insurers and risk modelers get a clearer picture of actual losses and whether individual companies have enough capital in place to cover them, Newsome said. North Carolina corrections officials said more than 3,000 people were relocated from adult prisons and juvenile centres in the path of Florence, and more than 300 county prisoners were transferred to state facilities.

"We hope to have something left when we get home", she said. All three states ordered mass evacuations along the coast.

Farther to the east, Hurricane Helene is now a Category 2 storm, but it's expected to curve harmlessly northward and weaken in the central Atlantic. In Myrtle Beach, S.C., and nearby areas, the surge could hit 6-9 feet. Three other Southern raceways also opened campgrounds to evacuees. The trend is "exceptionally bad news", said University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy, since it "smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge". Most other beachgoers were long gone. "You feel like you should have already left".

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