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Carolina coast braces for 'Mike Tyson punch' from hurricane

15 September, 2018, 14:31 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Carolina coast braces for 'Mike Tyson punch' from hurricane

Nathan Deal declared of a state of emergency for 159 counties in the state following the updated storm predictions.

That reduced Florence from a Category 4 hurricane to a Category 1, but forecasters warned that the widening storm - and its likelihood of lingering around the coast day after day after day - will bring ocean water surging onto land and torrential rain. All three states ordered mass evacuations along the coast.

Weather Underground meteorology director Jeff Masters said Florence eventually could strike as a Category 1 with winds less than 100 miles per hour (160 kph), but that's still enough to cause at least $1 billion in damage. The steering currents that are moving the storm along are expected to collapse, leaving the center of the storm drifting over the same area for up to a week.

According to Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean, current forecast puts Florence stalling upon reaching the Carolina coast before making a slight shift south and barreling down SC.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for north of Duck, NC, to the North Carolina/Virginia border. 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.

Flooding, Wind Threat Remains As Florence Closes In
Colgate, a Patriot League program from NY , had hotel rooms and meal plans locked down for the trip to Greenville, South Carolina. McMaster also warned of possible landslides in the Upstate, portions of which could get 10 inches of rain over the weekend.

As Hurricane Florence continues barreling toward the Carolinas, NASA has posted a remarkable video of the storm with winds approaching 130 miles per hour.

The impact of storm surge on the coast will depend on whether the storm's arrival coincides with high tide.

The East Coast isn't the only area facing the brunt of a storm.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic basin, Tropical Storm Isaac will strike the islands of the Lesser Antilles, with Guadeloupe, Dominica and Martinique under a tropical storm warning.

"Watch out, America! #HurricaneFlorence is so enormous, we could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens", German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted this morning, along with the photos to prove it. "Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you". The trend is "exceptionally bad news", said University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy, since it "smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge".

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