'Don't play games with it': Florence takes aim at Carolinas

NASA показало масштаби урагану Флоренс з космосу – новини

NASA показало масштаби урагану Флоренс з космосу – новини

President Trump has declared an emergency in the three states and says the government is "as ready as anybody has ever been".

North Carolina governor Roy Cooper told locals not to "bet your life on riding out a monster", with ferocious winds set to batter the shoreline.

As of Tuesday, about 1.7 million people in North and SC and Virginia were under warnings to evacuate the coast, and hurricane watches and warnings extended across an area with about 5.4 million residents.

Emergency preparations in SC now include more than 2,100 of the state's National Guard soldiers. He adds, "Businesses in Myrtle Beach are to have operations ceased and secured by 5 this afternoon".

States up and down the East Coast have a great potential for severe weather.

Officials in New Hanover County, which includes Wilmington, have stockpiled enough food and water for 60,000 people for four days, along with more than 28,000 tarps. Thinking of the outages likely to come, it also warns to use grills and generators outside - away from doors and windows.

"Hurricane Florence is the strongest storm to target the Carolinas and this part of our country in decades".

For anyone needing a place to stay to escape the hurricane, both North Carolina and SC are updating their lists of emergency shelters.

The ocean waters that Florence is travelling over are about 2.7 degrees (1.5 degrees Celsius) warmer than normal, McNoldy said.

"The eye of Florence remains very distinct in infrared satellite imagery this morning".

The NHC said Helene was weakening, however, and posed no danger to land.


Its expected sluggishness is becoming more common, a result of climate change, said National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration climate scientist and hurricane expert Jim Kossin.

Florence is predicted to turn more toward the northwest through Thursday - but then is expected to head more west-northwest and stall a bit over the Carolinas. "Florence is expected to slow down considerably by late Thursday into Friday, and move slowly through early Saturday".

Some areas are expected to see between 20 and 30 inches of rain through early next week in the area shaded in purple in the second image above.

Tropical storm-force winds extended 195 miles (315 kilometers) from Florence's center, and hurricane-force winds reached out 70 miles (110 kilometers).

"This rainfall will produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding", the hurricane center said.

The shift in the projected track had areas that once thought they were out of range anxious.

But his partner, Emily Whisler, said she will stay at the university where she is a resident in the psychiatry program.

Higher sea levels to make a storm surge worse. "It goes well inland". The air is holding 10 percent more water that can be dumped as rain.

"Bad things can happen when you are talking about a storm this size".

"This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast", said Jeff Byard, the associate administrator for response and recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). It's called Mother Nature.

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