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

Hurricane Florence: Five reasons to fear this storm

Hurricane Florence: Five reasons to fear this storm

FEMA has warned that while downgraded, the storm will still generate life threatening storm surge and rainfall in North and SC.

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

More than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate over the past few days, and the homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.

"We expected it to strengthen and then as it approached the coast to weaken somewhat", Abrams says. Residents should expect to see higher tides than usual on the James and York rivers, as well as possible flooding and beach erosion.

Tropical Storm Isaac was east of the Lesser Antilles and expected to pass south of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Cuba, while Hurricane Helene was moving northward away from land.

"Just because the wind speeds came down, the intensity of this storm came down to a Category 2, please do not let your guard down", said FEMA Administrator Brock Long.

As the storm continues toward Southeastern North Carolina, it will bring life-threatening storm surges, flooding and risky waves to the coast, the briefing said.

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"For a meandering storm, the biggest concern - as we saw with Harvey - is the huge amount of rainfall", said Chris Landsea, chief of tropical analysis and forecast branch at the National Hurricane Center.

"The limited number of hubs being impacted by Florence will likely limit the scale of disruption that cascades through the national air travel system", FlightAware said in its noon report.

Using computer graphics The Weather Channel showed how far inland Hurricane Florence's surge can reach, following low-lying streams. "A lot of rain", said Maj.

He said: 'If you're going to leave - and you should leave - if you haven't left yet, you should leave now.

That said, the storm is still expected to stall once it hits the Wilmington coast, with weather officials early Thursday raising the expected total rainfall for Wilmington to 35 inches - weather officials had predicted 30 inches for Wilmington in briefings released Wednesday.

"The American Integrated Operations Center (IOC) in Fort Worth, Texas, continues to closely monitor the track of these storms, and is closely coordinating with the National Weather Service, Federal Aviation Administration and local airports", American Airlines announced in a statement.

"This is a life-threatening situation. Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other risky conditions", the hurricane center briefing said. As the storm moves inland, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland will also be in peril. Cooper said he hopes more shelters will also open today. Spokesman Howard Fowler said restoration could take "weeks instead of days", even though 20,000 workers, including crews from outside the area, were standing by.

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