Still unsafe, Cat 2 Florence expected to make landfall south of Wilmington

13 September, 2018, 16:28 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • A mandatory evacuation is in effect in preparation of the approaching Hurricane Florence

More than 1.5 million peoplehave been told to evacuate Virginia and the Carolinas ahead of the expected landfall of Hurricane Florence, which has strengthened to a category 4 event that the National Weather Service has said is "the storm of a lifetime" and Roy Cooper, North Carolina governor, more bluntly called "a monster".

Fishel said the storm is now expected to make landfall along the North Carolina coast overnight Thursday as a Category 2 storm, but there is a potential for the storm to regain strength before doing so.

The storm's maximum sustained winds were clocked at 175kmph late on Wednesday, down from a peak of 225kmph a day earlier, before it was downgraded to a Category 3 and then a Category 2.

There are concerns that it could knock out power for weeks.

"But I'm staying", she said.

Nighttime winds have gone from 140mph (225kph) to 115mph (185kph), and further weakening is expected as Florence approaches the coast. While the error cone has taken a much different, larger shape it should be noted that the forecast track up until landfall has remained fairly consistent.

Trump said the federal government was "absolutely, totally prepared" for Florence.

"Well, we've had too many of them, I'm not scared", he said.

Winds of 40 miles per hour or greater will advance onshore in eastern North Carolina during the day on Thursday. Because the storm was so strong earlier in the week, it built up a wall of water which will push inland as the storm surge.

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An estimated 10 million people live in areas expected to be placed under a hurricane or storm advisory, said Marc Chenard of the US Weather Prediction Center.

Hurricane florence is the most powerful storm to emerge from the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.

"We hope to have something left when we get home", she said. Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said.

Manure lagoons are about as pleasant as they sound-vast open-air ponds of manure located next to the many hog farms near the North Carolina coast.

Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center continues to track Tropical Storm Isaac as it continues to move west in the Caribbean.

At 8:00 pm (0000 GMT), the eye of the storm was 335 miles (540 kms) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving northwest at 16 mph (26 kph).

Scientists have filmed an astonishing video of the interior of Hurricane Florence, as the storm bears down on North and SC. "The biggest hazard that we're anxious about is storm surge", Long said.

"If you aren't under evacuation orders, now's the time to finish preparations and get ready to hunker down", Cooper said. Right now the storm does not have a lot of speed behind it, so the rainfall will likely be extensive along the coastal areas, with historic flooding predicted there.

The governor of neighbouring North Carolina ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination, and parts of coastal Dare County, while a state of emergency was declared in Virginia.

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