Carolina Braces for Florence Storm Surge

15 September, 2018, 03:27 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
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A storm surge of nine to 12 feet (2.7-3.6 metres) was expected along the North Carolina coast, Goldstein said, and some areas could receive as much as 40 inches (one metre) of rain.

The National Hurricane Center noted the following at 11 a.m.: "Florence is moving toward the northwest near 10 miles per hour (17 km/h)".

As Florence drew near, President Donald Trump tweeted that FEMA and first responders are "supplied and ready", and he disputed the official conclusion that almost 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico, claiming the figure was a Democratic plot to make him look bad. The governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia declared emergencies to help speed up government aid efforts.

Trinidadians living overseas are vigorously preparing themselves for the hurricane.

Cheryl Browning lives with her husband and son, who has terminal cancer, in Richlands, North Carolina. Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other risky conditions.

Because hurricane force winds extend 130 kilometers from the center, people on land will experience sharply deteriorating conditions long before the center reaches the coast.

"The wind was so hard, the waters were so hard, that trying to get out we got thrown into trailers".

By the time the storm leaves the region, forecasters expect that it will have dumped 50 to 70 centimeters of rain in coastal areas, with some parts possibly being inundated with up to 100 centimeters. "We got thrown into mailboxes, houses, trees", said Holt, who had stayed at home because of a doctor's appointment that was later canceled.

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"We have lots of water, we've got lots of food, lots of canned food, non-perishable food", she said. We are not directly affected.

"We'll operate without power; we have candles".

"If you're going to leave. you should leave now because time is running out", McMaster said. Locally higher amounts for storm surge are possible along the rivers and sounds near New Bern, NC.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the following warnings and watches are in effect. Gen. Robert Livingston. "While that rain is still coming down for a couple of days, one to two days later you're going to have stuff coming from North Carolina and things coming in from the Upstate".

It read: "The combination of a risky storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline". For a depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at hurricanes.gov. This is a life-threatening situation.

The centre urges people within the affected areas to take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other unsafe conditions. Other residents have told CNN they're not evacuating because emergency shelters won't accept pets.

Weather Underground meteorology director Jeff Masters said Florence eventually could strike as a Category 1 hurricane with winds less than 160 kph, but that could still cause at least $1 billion in damage.

As of 11 a.m., Florence was located at 33.4 N, 75.5 W, about 145 miles (230 km) ESE of Wilmington, North Carolina, and about 195 miles (315 km) east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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