Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Hurricane Florence deluges Carolinas ahead of Friday landfall

Hurricane Florence deluges Carolinas ahead of Friday landfall

Calling the storm surge prediction "incredible", Graham said that because Florence will likely nudge its way onto the coast, giving its hurricane winds lots of time to force water inland, he wouldn't be surprised "to see storm surge a mile, a mile and a half inland - maybe even 2 miles or more, in some cases".

In less than 24 hours, Florence has dropped from category 4 to category 2. It's now predicted to make landfall near Wilmington and then head west across SC.

Forecasters anxious the storm's damage will be all the worse if it lingers on the coast.

While the green screen initially has Navarro standing on a regular city street, the simulated water starts roaring up around her shins and then waist, to show what an up to 3 foot (0.9 metre) storm surge would actually feel like if you were on the ground.

"You are taking the ocean and raising it", said storm surge expert Hal Needham, director of Marine Weather and Climate in Miami. It is an enormous storm, and it's moving slowly.

ADCIRC predicts Florence's winds will cause 9 to 13 feet of storm surge in some areas along the North Carolina coast.

The National Hurricane Center says "a life-threatening storm surge is now likely" along the North and SC coasts as Hurricane Florence approaches the USA eastern seaboard.

But forecasters warned that the widening storm - and the likelihood of it lingering around the coast for days - would bring seawater surging on to land and torrential downpours.

Florence is projecting hurricane-force winds outward up to 80 miles from its center; tropical-storm-force winds are swirling outward up to 195 miles away.

Keep in mind that the storm is just now coming ashore, and the winds and waves will get worse as the hours go on. So potentially in this area of Southeastern NC we're looking at the highest rainfall from a hurricane on record.

The surf and storm surge are already cutting through North Carolina's Outer Banks and bands of rain are lashing the coast.

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As of 8 a.m. ET, the National Hurricane Center said Florence was centered about 170 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and about 220 miles east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

And of all those, storm surge is the deadliest.

The first large power outage in the Wilmington area also occurred Thursday morning, with the Duke outage map showing almost 1,400 customers in the Acme-Delco area of Columbus County and northwest Brunswick County without power.

McMaster told residents in some counties that emergency responders will be pulled from areas expected to be hit hard.

Inland flooding near New Bern, North Carolina caused by Hurricane Florence's storm surge as predicted by the ADCIRC computer model.

By the time it leaves, it's expected to have unloaded 10 trillion gallons of rainfall in North Carolina, weather.us meteorologist Ryan Maue said.

"This is a life-threatening situation". As serene as the images are, it's hard to imagine what conditions are like in the storm and on the water under it. "The combination of a unsafe storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline".

Numerous communities throughout the region have issued either mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders.

"Either no (hotel) rooms are available, or we are denied because the breed or size of dogs", she said.

That was a bad idea, said Avair Vereen, a local nurse who had sought safety in the shelter with her seven children.

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