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

Hurricane Florence's winds and rain batters US Carolinas coast

Hurricane Florence's winds and rain batters US Carolinas coast

The outer reaches of Hurricane Florence began lashing coastal North Carolina with heavy winds and flooded roads on Thursday ahead of an expected landfall that will bring walls of water and lingering downpours to parts of the US East Coast.

About 10 million people live in the path of the slow-moving storm and more than one million have been ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia.

President Trump and his administration are buckling in for Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 hurricane expected to slam into the Carolinas by Friday.

Weather Underground meteorology director Jeff Masters said Florence eventually could strike as a Category 1 with winds less than 100 miles per hour (160 kph), but that's still enough to cause at least $1 billion in damage.

Severe weather events like Hurricane Florence are evolving, which means risk assessment must evolve, too. Residents should expect to see higher tides than usual on the James and York rivers, as well as possible flooding and beach erosion.

"It will be historic", Baker said of the rain from Florence.

Storm surge is deadly.

"We are already experiencing heavily impacted traffic on some of the evacuation routes", said Jeff Byard, the associate administrator for response and recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "And you don't need power to sling booze", said owner Eli Ellsworth.

"This is a horrific nightmare storm from a meteorological perspective", University of Georgia meteorology professor Marshall Shepherd said.

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North and SC and Virginia have already declared states of emergency , and officials have begun evacuations in North Carolina . Hurricane Isaac and Helene can be seen to the east of Florence.


Forecasters said Florence's eye could come ashore early Friday around the North Carolina-South Carolina line.

Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane yesterday evening with peak winds of 150km/h.

NASA itself uploaded a video of Hurricane Florence that was taken by the high-definition camera located outside the International Space Station.

Florence's weakening as it neared the coast created tension between some who left home and authorities who anxious that the storm could still be deadly.

Even miles away from the Atlantic, North Carolina residents in low-lying areas are boarding up and emptying stores.

The latest tracks for Category 4 storm Florence, released early Wednesday morning, now have the storm staying farther south, following the European model. "We can not underestimate this storm".

Baker said the rain will bring damaging flash flooding to all areas of the Wilmington region, not just low-lying areas that are particularly vulnerable. "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.

While many coastal residents heeded mandatory evacuation orders, others boarded up homes and businesses and chose to fearless the storm, which is forecast to trigger severe flash flooding as it dumps as many as three feet (almost a meter) of rain in some areas.

Florence is expected to start causing havoc over North and SC today. The number one network in cable, FNC has been the most watched television news channel for more than 16 years and according to a Suffolk University/USA Today poll, is the most trusted television news source in the country. "We're able", he said.

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