Satellites Track, Illustrate Incoming Hurricane Florence

14 September, 2018, 02:09 | Author: Grady King
  • Aboard the International Space Station European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst a member of the six-person Expedition 56 crew captured this view of Hurricane Florence as it continued to track toward the East Coast of the United States

Although Florence weakened to a Category 2 hurricane late Wednesday night, the storm is still expected to produce catastrophic flooding throughout the Carolinas when it makes landfall Thursday night or Friday.

What also makes Florence extremely unsafe are the deadly storm surges, mammoth coastal flooding and historic rainfall expected far inland.

"We are completely ready for hurricane Florence, as the storm gets even larger and more powerful". The projected path shows the storm moving from near Wilmington, North Carolina to near Columbia, South Carolina.

Storm surge warnings were issued from South Santee River in SC to Duck, North Carolina.

As the storm - with those winds - nears shallow water along the coast, its forces water inland. Airlines cancelled almost 1000 flights and counting. The power company has warned that up to 3 million people could be left without power for an extended period of time following Hurricane Florence.

The storm's center was about 100 miles (160 km) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, at 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT) but already some 19,000 homes and businesses in the Carolinas and Virginia were without power by mid-afternoon. Storm surge, the rise in seawater above normally dry land at the coast, could rise a story high. Author of "The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast".

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Officials in several states have declared states of emergency, including in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms.

At the White House, President Donald Trump both touted the government's readiness and urged people to get out of the way of Florence.

Florence's maximum sustained winds were clocked on Thursday at 110 miles per hour (175 kph) after it was downgraded to a Category 2 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, according to the NHC. We will have tropical storm force winds and rain and storm surge continues to be our main concern with extreme flooding.

North Carolina has had this problem before.

Body surfer Andrew Vanotteren, of Savannah, Ga., crashes into waves from Hurricane Florence, Wednesday, Sept., 12, 2018, on the south beach of Tybee Island, Ga.

Florence is lashing the state with "heavy rainbands with tropical-storm-force winds spreading across the Outer Banks and Coastal Southeastern North Carolina", the briefing said.

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Life-threatening storm surges of up to 13 feet were also forecast in some areas along with the possibility of tornadoes in North Carolina.

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

Storm surge is deadly. The Charleston area is under a storm surge watch.

Baker said the rain will bring damaging flash flooding to all areas of the Wilmington region, not just low-lying areas that are particularly vulnerable.

Olivia is the first tropical cyclone to make landfall on Maui in modern history, National Weather Service forecasters said.

Cooper and his SC counterpart, Henry McMaster, told the more than 1 million people who have been told to leave that if they don't, they are on their own.

Hurricane Florence map uses an unfortunate graphic to display devastation
And it led to mixed signals from officials in SC , whose governor had canceled mandatory evacuation for several coastal counties. Rainfall totals from Hurricane Florence will top 20 inches in some areas, the National Weather Service says.

A spokeswoman said: "Basically Helene is in the Atlantic at the moment and is crossing the Atlantic and is expected to track towards the UK". It is expected to turn away from the U.S.

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