Slow Moving Hurricane Florence To Bring More Rain To Pittsburgh Area

15 September, 2018, 05:26 | Author: Sherry Houston
  • Slow Moving Hurricane Florence To Bring More Rain To Pittsburgh Area

Up to 1.7 million people have been ordered to evacuate across South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

"The forecast shows a storm surge higher than many homes", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said.

Computer models of exactly what the storm might do varied, adding to the uncertainty.

The briefing said Florence "is a large hurricane" with hurricane-force winds extending 80 miles from its center and tropical storm-force winds extending 195 miles from the eye of the storm.

Accuweather reported that its meteorologists "believe that the hurricane will stall and meander near the Carolina coast from Thursday night to Saturday".

"This rainfall would produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding", NHC forecasters warned.

According to the National Hurricane Center's "hurricane hunter" airplane, waves of 83-feet were measured near the eye of Florence on Monday. "And you don't need power to sling booze", said owner Eli Ellsworth. "It will probably fall faster than it can leave". This will likely lead to power outages across the area.

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Many residents spent Thursday night in shelters, and schools and state offices in all three municipalities were closed Friday. Before evacuating from North Andover, Jeremy Melvin described a chaotic scene near the plumbing shop where he works.

The main concerns for us from Florence will be moderately heavy rainfall, which will cause flooded roadways, strong gusty winds, coastal flooding, moderate potential for downed trees and widespread power outages, and unsafe travel conditions.

The centre of Florence, which is no longer classified as a major hurricane but still posing a grave threat to life and property, is expected to strike North Carolina's southern coast on Friday.

Florence's maximum sustained winds were clocked on Thursday at 105 miles per hour (165 kph) after it was downgraded to a Category 2 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, according to the NHC.

The National Weather Service calls it a "storm of a lifetime" - and for good reason. "Significant river flooding is expected as a result of excessive rainfall across area hydrologic basins". "Once the storm moves further inland to Atlanta and Charlotte, the biggest issue will be rain and thunderstorms", she said.

Officials found a basketball-sized hole in the hotel wall and other life-threatening damage, with some cinder blocks crumbling and parts of the roof collapsing. On Thursday morning, South 17th Street, usually teeming with commuter traffic by 6:30 a.m., was almost devoid of cars.

How many people will it affect?

SC governor Henry McMaster said earlier this week in a statement: "Now is the time for your family also to prepare and stay tuned for more updates".

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