Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Florence weakens to Category 2 hurricane but still life-threatening: NHC

Florence weakens to Category 2 hurricane but still life-threatening: NHC

Landfall is expected late Thursday or early Friday, and the National Hurricane Center fears the storm "will slow considerably or stall, leading to a prolonged and exceptionally heavy and unsafe rainfall event Friday-Sunday".

"This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast", said Jeff Byard, the associate administrator for response and recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Though Florence won't be making landfall until Friday, tropical-storm-force winds - 39 to 73 miles per hour (63 to 117 km/h) - will begin whipping through coastal regions as early as tomorrow, making it exceptionally unsafe to be outside, Graham said.

North Carolina electric company Duke Energy Corp is expecting between 25 percent and 75 percent of its four million customers to lose power.

Florence, now a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (209 km/h), was previously expected to travel north, up the North Carolina coast, after making landfall, according to the statement.

"The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety", Deal said. Potential threats from hurricanes include powerful winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, tornadoes, and landslides.

A state of emergency has been declared in D.C. and in states, including Virginia and the Carolina's.

Saturday's scheduled game between SC and Marshall has been canceled.

These 4 reasons make Hurricane Florence extremely unsafe
Once Florence makes landfall, it'll be the first major Atlantic hurricane of the 2018 season to hit the mainland US. Forecasters have warned the the hurricane could be "life threatening" by the time it strikes.


Fox News reported that sustained winds were picking up a bit along the North Carolina coast.

The latest GFS Model shows the storm approaching North Carolina, covering the state in precipitation over a fairly short amount of time. Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said.

"He was thinking of coming here until this morning, and now he asked me if I wanted to come up there", he said.

"We are uniquely positioned to establish a quick ad-hoc supply chain to support relief efforts", said Bettina Stix, an Amazon veteran credited with developing DRbA.

"We have seen a dramatic shift in the track", Scasny said, adding that big changes to the storm's behavior could emerge within the next two days.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned that "disaster is at the doorstep", and "tens of thousands" of buildings may be flooded. "Protection of life is the absolute highest priority and that's what we are doing".

A satellite image showing Hurricane Florence in the Atlantic Ocean this week.

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