Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

As Hurricane Florence Looms, States Check Dam Integrity

As Hurricane Florence Looms, States Check Dam Integrity

"This is a real hurricane that we have coming and our goal is to protect lives and property", said Steve Goldstein, NOAA liaison to FEMA. "This is not just a coastal event".

Coastal residents fleeing a potentially devastating blow from Hurricane Florence encountered empty gasoline pumps and depleted store shelves as the monster storm neared the Carolina coast on Wednesday, with 225 kilometres per hour winds and drenching rain that could last for days.

He says storm surge could reach as high as 10 feet (3 meters) and estimates 1 million residents will be leaving the coast.

"The water could overtake some of these barrier islands and keep on going".

"If you ask a Guardsman, 'Why did you join the Guard, ?' they will tell you, 'This is why I do this, for my community", said McCarty. "All you have to do is look up at your ceiling, and think about 12ft [of water]. That, folks, is extremely life-threatening". The federal government was "absolutely, totally prepared" for Florence, the president said, according to a live stream of his press conference at the White House. SC and North Carolina have ordered evacuations for people living in vulnerable areas along the coast.

The Pentagon sent a small team of Defense Department personnel to an emergency operations center in Raleigh, N.C., on Monday to carry out an assessment and coordinate with state officials, said Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman.

A timetable of tropical storm-force winds arriving across the southeast. North Carolina has only been hit by one other Category 4 storm since record keeping began in the 1850s - Hurricane Hazel in 1954, which took 19 lives. Many of those people were already on the road Tuesday. Tropical storm-force winds would extend almost 300 miles across three states.

Watches in effect Tuesday forecast a storm surge of up to 12 feet at high tide from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout in North Carolina.

Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall in the Tar Heel State on Friday.

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For many people, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge: If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could bring torrential rains to the Appalachian mountains and as far away as West Virginia, causing flash floods, mudslides and other unsafe conditions.

"But for about two days this storm is only going to move about 100 miles or so".

All signs pointed to a stronger, slower, wider and wetter hurricane in the days ahead, forecasters said. Models are but one piece of putting together a forecast, but the guidance they're providing right now is really worrisome. Hurricane-force winds won't reach land for at least another 24 hours.

"I'm sure that after the storm, the shelter is going to be full again with other dogs needing homes, so if we can help some of these guys while they're here, then that makes more room for needy dogs back there in Hilton Head", Kozlowski says.

The storm was around 400 miles south of Bermuda on Tuesday afternoon and is trudging towards the east coast at 16mph. There can still be changes to the track of the storm; some areas will fare better than predicted and other regions may fare worse.

Approximately 2,000 South Carolina National Guard Soldiers and Airmen were activated and are now emplaced throughout the Palmetto state September 11, 2018 in preparation for landfall of Hurricane Florence.

In South Carolina, traffic in all lanes of Interstate 26 from Charleston to Columbia has been directed away from the coast, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said.

All three states ordered mass evacuations along the coast. Even if you've ridden out storms before, this one is different. Allison Jones said she's not taking any chances. "There is no way to be completely safe".

The flooding of such hog lagoons and industrial sites could create a combination of waste that might wash into homes and threaten drinking water supplies.

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