Hurricane Florence starts its prolonged assault on the Carolinas

Hurricane Florence,Hurricane Florence Path,Hurricane florence update

Hurricane Florence,Hurricane Florence Path,Hurricane florence update

Gov. Henry McMaster told reporters Thursday that up to 7 inches of rain in the state's northwestern mountains could mean landslides and unsafe conditions.

The storm's centre is expected to make landfall Friday (local time) in southeast North Carolina, which will coincide with the most severe effects.

FEMA has warned that while downgraded, the storm will still generate life threatening storm surge and rainfall in North and SC. It is poised to slow to a crawl there and then drift to the southwest, unloading disastrous amounts of rain. That makes sense since the category of a storm is generally determined by its maximum sustained winds; but, researchers have found, the vast majority of deaths (nearly 90%) from hurricanes, tropical storms, or tropical depressions between 1963 and 2012 were attributable to "storm surge, rainfall flooding, high surf, and deaths just offshore".

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. "There are approximately 800 line workers and tree personnel actively engaged in storm response preparations". "The combination of a unsafe storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline". Florence's center will approach the North and SC coasts late Thursday and Friday. This implies that water, even more so than wind, is the most unsafe element of a major storm.

Florence will bring large rainfall totals through Saturday in North Carolina, north SC and Virginia, causing catastrophic flash flooding.

Footage shows a pier and a beach in Nags Head, North Carolina, being hit with heavy surf as the storm rolls into the area.

By late Thursday afternoon, the Carolina coasts can expect winds stronger than 80 miles per hour.

The wide storm has weakened to a Category 2 hurricane and forecasters expect top winds to drop more as it nears the shore, but they're sharing a giant dose of uncertainty.


With Hurricane Florence set to wallop the area as a Category 4 hurricane, there are fears the ponds could overflow or even collapse amid extremely heavy rain, sending vast amounts of manure from thousands of farms into rivers and contaminating groundwater. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

National Guard soldiers from the state, North Carolina and Virginia are mobilizing to prepare for hurricane recovery efforts.

More than 10 million people are under watches and warnings, the Associated Press reported.

And while some people may think that Florence doesn't possess the same punch Harvey did since it's only a Category 2 storm, there is a comparison: Sandy.

It could stall just off the coast and then drift south along the SC coast and possibly make a landfall as a weaker system if it doesn't make it clearly over the coast of North Carolina. It warned of likely "structural damage to buildings. with several potentially washing away", "flooded or washed-out coastal roads" and "major damage to marinas".

In North and SC, more than $87 billion in private property is covered by federal flood insurance. The Charleston area is under a storm surge watch. North Carolina alone could get from 20 to 30 inches, with isolated spots possibly receiving 40 inches.

"Floodwaters may enter numerous structures, and some may become uninhabitable or washed away", the Weather Service warned.

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