Hurricane Florence now a Category 3, but remains ‘extremely dangerous’
16 September, 2018, 13:34 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
Forecasters with The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang are now saying Florence is a Category 4 storm that could bring very unsafe winds, flash flooding and power outages. "Don't bet your life on riding out a monster".
Forecasts project the center of Florence to make landfall around the South and North Carolina border on Friday as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane.
The time to prepare is nearly over, he said.
"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". Ahead of what is projected to be massive devastation for several Southeast states, NASA has released high-definition footage of the storm as viewed from the International Space Station above the Atlantic Ocean.
This same area will also likely experience a prolonged period of destructive winds resulting in power outages that could last for days or weeks.
"This is not going to be a glancing blow", warned Jeff Byard, an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "From the storm surge alone, tens of thousands of structures are expected to be flooded in North Carolina". As of now, Florence is due to make landfall very early Friday morning, somewhere in the Carolinas.
North Carolina's governor issued what he called a first-of-its-kind mandatory evacuation order for North Carolina's fragile barrier islands from one end of the coast to the other.
Florence will unload up to 40 inches of rain in parts of North Carolina.
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"With this storm, what's unique is it's forecast to stall ... dropping copious amounts of rainfall across the Carolinas and into Virginia", Long said.
More than 6,500 Carolinas-based workers are being joined by 1,400 workers from Duke Energy Midwest and 1,000 from Duke Energy Florida to respond to this storm.
By comparison, LaCorte said portions of Western North Carolina received up to a foot of rain from the remnants of a tropical storm in late May that caused deadly mudslides.
An additional 25 percent of deaths are related to rain, he said.
As the day progresses we'll see partly cloudy skies with a slight chance for a shower or storm. We continue to let everyone know to not take this lightly.
"It's been really nice", Nicole Roland said. Tropical Storm Isaac was east of the Lesser Antilles and expected to pass south of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Cuba, while Hurricane Helene was moving northward away from land.
Based on the current forecast track, here is what to expect...
North Carolina's Duplin and Sampson counties, just inland, sell more hogs and pigs than anywhere else in America. Hurricane Florence has begun to batter the Carolina coast, and she's not going away anytime soon.
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Emergency officials warned residents that the peril had probably not passed, as the storm continued to dump torrential rain. Its top sustained winds have dropped to 70km/h and it's at a near standstill, moving west at just 6 km/h.
Nationwide, more than 1,245 flights have been cancelled through Friday , according to flight tracking site FlightAware.com. Overall, Florence is approximately400 miles in diameter, according to The Associated Press in a report on September 13.
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National Guard marched in and out of a room nearest the main entrance, their camouflage uniforms standing out in the drab room. By Friday evening, Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm, its winds weakening to 70 miles per hour as it pushed inland.
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Cheryl Browning lives with her husband and son, who has terminal cancer, in Richlands, North Carolina. Other residents have told CNN they're not evacuating because emergency shelters won't accept pets.
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The coastal area of SC features hundreds of inlets while North Carolina has barrier islands miles away from the mainland. More than 12,000 people were in shelters in North Carolina and 400 in Virginia, where the forecast was less dire.