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

Hurricane Florence seen from space is a 'no-kidding nightmare'

Hurricane Florence seen from space is a 'no-kidding nightmare'

North Florida is still outside the cone of forecast tracks for the center of the storm, but the size of Florence means impacts will extend to a large area of the Southeast. With Hurricane Florence set to wallop the area as a Category 4 hurricane, there are fears the ponds could overflow or even collapse amid extremely heavy rain, sending vast amounts of manure from thousands of farms into rivers and contaminating groundwater.

Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm but it is still considered an extremely unsafe and life-threatening storm.

"We will reopen these stores once we complete our post-hurricane assessment and determine that it's safe for our employees and customers to return", the statement read. (NDLS), BJ's WholesaleHoldings (BJ), Ruth's Hospitality Group(RUTH), Five Below (FIVE), and Chipotle Mexican Grill(CMG) have more than 8% exposure if the storm lands in the Virginia Beach area.

A state of emergency has been declared in Georgia, making it the fifth state to do so, as authorities warned of storm surges and catastrophic flooding.

Hurricane Florence is blasting toward the Carolinas, carrying sustained winds of up to 130 miles per hour and the threat of "life-threatening storm surge and rainfall", the National Hurricane Center says. Coastal North Carolina could see 20 to 30 inches as well.

The mayor of a SC city in the path of powerful Hurricane Florence is warning citizens to get out or stay "at your own peril".

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He said Canada and the United States spent a lot of time last week reconciling what the USA and Mexico had already agreed upon. Canadian officials have said they are working on the assumption that they have until the end of September to make a deal.

The National Hurricane Center's projected track had Florence hovering off the southern North Carolina coast from Thursday night (Friday NZT) until landfall Saturday morning (Sunday NZT) or so, about a day later than previously expected.

The NHC said the first tropical storm-force winds of at least 39 miles per hour (63 kph) would hit the region early on Thursday with the storm's center reaching the coast Friday.

President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid.

Up to 1.7 million people have been ordered to evacuate across South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

Emergency preparations in the area included activating 2,800 National Guard troops in North Carolina, stockpiling food, setting up shelters, switching traffic patterns so that major roads led away from shore and securing 16 nuclear power reactors in the three-state region.

A steady stream of vehicles full of people and belongings flowed inland Tuesday, and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper tried to convince everyone to flee.

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