The startling stats that show the power of Hurricane Florence

15 September, 2018, 00:47 | Author: Sherry Houston
  • Hurricane Florence strengthened into a Category 4 hurricane Monday afternoon

Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm, "is expected to be an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday night" and has triggered a hurricane watch for all of North Carolina and part of SC, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Florence would deliver a "direct hit" to the US East Coast, emergency officials warned on Tuesday, urging residents to heed evacuation orders and seek shelter from the potentially catastrophic storm.

- Overnight the storm shifted south. The hurricane center predicts a "heavy rainfall event, which may extend inland over the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic for hundreds of miles".

It is now moving west-northwest at about 16 miles per hour and that speed is expected to increase in the next few days, says the center.

More than 1.5 million people have already evacuated from the coastal areas of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.

"It is an extremely unsafe, life-threatening, historic hurricane", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said. "People are doing a pretty good job now". Once Florence makes landfall we'll have a better idea in Virginia what we'll be dealing with. President Donald Trump tweeted on Monday evening.

"We are sparing no expense".

Officials said tickets purchased through the respective schools will be refunded automatically and as quickly as possible.

He said Congress would be generous with disaster relief funding. "Our team will turn its focus toward the game with FAU and we look forward to seeing all of Knight Nation back out at Spectrum Stadium next Friday".

At this height of the Atlantic hurricane season, Florence was being trailed on east-to-west paths by two other storms, Hurricane Helene and Tropical Storm Isaac, but neither packs the deadly punch of Florence.

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The Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states are bracing for Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm which is teetering on becoming stronger before landfall later this week. Farmers will be using the next several days to prepare for the storm, he said.

It includes transporting supplies, equipment, fuel, or people to and from the areas hit by the storm.

Florence could slam the Carolinas harder than any hurricane since Hazel, which hit in 1954 with 209kmh winds. The storm is expected to strengthen again over the next day or so. It is expected to intensify to near Category 5 status as it slows over very warm ocean water near North and SC. "If we try to leave, we'll just get stuck in the rain", she said.

"It's still going to be a major hurricane when it arrives along the Eastern Seaboard of the southern U.S.at the end of the week", said Ian Hubbard, a meteorologist with the Canadian Hurricane Centre in Halifax. "This rainfall may produce life-threatening flash flooding".

There was little change in Florence's track during the 11 a.m. forecast from the National Hurricane Center.

Overnight, Florence went through an "eyewall replacement cycle", senior hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart said in an update from the hurricane center on Tuesday. "There's no canned goods", Kristin Harrington said as she shopped at a Walmart in Wilmington.

"Many of the people here have never seen a storm this strong", Myers said.

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

"This storm is going to knock out power days into weeks". "If you're blowing 100 or 120 miles per hour on homes, they're going to start to deteriorate".

Impacts of Florence are likely to begin tomorrow. At that level, it would still cause "devastating damage", according to the Saffir-Simpson scale. Because of the amount of rain expected, "historic" flooding could occur from Thursday through Sunday. Likewise, additional storm preparation information could be found at a special site put together by the Department of Homeland Security.

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