Hurricane Florence map uses an unfortunate graphic to display devastation
13 September, 2018, 00:58 | Author: Grady King
Closing in with terrifying winds of 130 miles per hour (215 kph) and potentially catastrophic rain and storm surge, Florence is expected to blow ashore Saturday morning along the North Carolina-South Carolina line, the National Hurricane Centersaid.
Enough rain could fall to break North Carolina's record for a tropical storm - 24 inches - set near Wilmington during Hurricane Floyd in 1999, said Greg Carbin, chief of forecast operations at the Weather Service's national prediction center.
And it led to mixed signals from officials in SC, whose governor had canceled mandatory evacuation for several coastal counties. But the change was probably temporary and didn't do anything to lessen the danger, said Jeff Byard, an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Marshall: You mentioned some hefty winds here in the Charlotte area.
Even though the storm has began to weaken, Florence is still forecast to be an "extremely risky major hurricane" when it nears the United States south-east coast late on Thursday and Friday.
The state of North Carolina is preparing for a major storm.
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Their entire neighbourhood evacuated in Wilmington, North Carolina, David and Janelle Garrigus planned to ride out Florence at their daughter's one-bedroom apartment in Charlotte.
Larger hurricanes typically bring much higher storm surges, historically the deadliest threat from hurricanes, because a larger span of winds can push more water ashore.
Mr Graham said the Pamlico and Neuse rivers in North Carolina will see their flows "reversed" as storm surges push water back inland.
High winds can take down trees and power lines.
Abigail Darlington, covers the city of Charleston for the South Carolina Post and Courier.
The overall 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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Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency Saturday as communities up and down the East Coast monitor Tropical Storm Florence . The governor urged residents to begin making their preparations as the entire SC coast remains in the cone of uncertainty.
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Hurricane Florence intensified Monday, becoming a Category 4 storm , according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). In Guam, Typhoon Mangkhut - a Category 4 storm - narrowly missed dealing a direct blow to the island .
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Some stronger, even severe storms are possible through Saturday evening as high winds and heavy rains would be the main threats. That storm, Tropical Storm Ike, produced four to six inches of rain over two-thirds of IL , which led to flash flooding.
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The hurricane's impacts could range from a strong storm surge to flooding from torrential rainfall and hurricane-force winds. The storm was located roughly 1,170 miles east-southeast of the Cape Fear region, and remained a unsafe Category 4 storm .
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