3 reasons Hurricane Florence is extremely risky

Eye of the storm Tracking Hurricane Florence and possible impact on Philly

Eye of the storm Tracking Hurricane Florence and possible impact on Philly

Simpson said starting Wednesday and through the latter part of the week, southern New England could see high surf, elevated swell, and possible rip currents due to the hurricane farther south.

"Interests elsewhere in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic states should monitor the progress of Florence".

The Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority has ordered additional supplies of gasoline to fuel airport fleet vehicles, spokesman Andrew Sawyer said by phone.

Florence was some 2,414km away from the East Coast and moving west at roughly six miles per hour on Sunday morning, according to CNN. It is now located 950 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear.

Classified as a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane strength, Florence was the most severe storm to threaten the US mainland this year and the first of its magnitude to target the Carolinas since 1989, when Hurricane Hugo barreled over Charleston, South Carolina. The biggest risks from Hurricane Florence may not come from wind, but from the associated rainfall.

Well-built buildings can sustain substantial damage and trees will likely be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed.

Residents wanting specific information about their area are encouraged to listen to their local National Weather Service forecast teams. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months.

When asked in a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Sheriff P.J. Tanner said the school district must first evaluate how many teachers and staff evacuated ahead of the order.


Officials say that the storm will likely strengthen. A Category 5 hurricane means the system has 157 miles per hour winds or higher.

If a Category 5 hits the southeastern USA, "a high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse", said the NHC.

The governors of South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia have declared emergencies. With Beaufort, Jasper and Colleton counties lifted from his evacuation order, that reduces the number to more than 770,000. Unfortunately, the forecast is for the storm to stall out and drop a ton of rain in the Carolinas.

"There's never been a storm like Florence".

It's then forecast to close in on North or SC on Thursday local time, hitting a stretch of coastline that's vulnerable to rising sea levels due to climate change.

Life-threatening and catastrophic river and flash flooding is also a near certainty for the Carolinas.

NHC spokesman Dennis Feltgen said historically, 90 percent of fatalities from hurricanes, tropical storms and tropical depressions have been caused by water.

Gas prices in SC have climbed by about 8 cents to $2.585 a gallon from a week earlier, according to motorists' advocacy group AAA.

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