Hurricane Florence map uses an unfortunate graphic to display devastation

13 September, 2018, 00:58 | Author: Grady King
  • 'This is a big storm': Results could be catastrophic

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 Center said.

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.

The storm is expected to make landfall on Saturday morning and could become a Category 5 storm with winds up to 175 miles per hour.

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.

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South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announced Monday that mandatory evacuations would begin at noon Tuesday for more than 1 million people on the South Carolina coast.

"The Charleston area now is expected to see at least 1-2 inches of rain over the next several days".

Meanwhile the hurricane is forecast to dump one to two foot of rain that could cause flooding well inland and wreak environmental havoc by washing over industrial waste sites and farms.

The storm is expected to hit the Carolinas hard later this week. The storm is now about 950 miles from the Carolina coast line, but moving in that direction at about 15 mph.

Rainfall totals from Hurricane Florence will top 20 inches in some areas, the National Weather Service says.

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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