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

Hurricane to Hammer Carolinas: 'Catastrophic Flooding'

Hurricane to Hammer Carolinas: 'Catastrophic Flooding'

Dominica is still recovering from the battering it took last September when Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm slammed into the island, killing more than 30 people and leaving a trail of destruction estimated at millions of dollars.

Winds and rain were arriving later in SC, and a few people were still walking on the sand at Myrtle Beach while North Carolina was getting pounded.

Florence's top sustained wind speeds dropped from a high of 140 miles per hour to 110 miles per hour as its outer rain bands approached the North Carolina coast early Thursday, reducing the storm from Category 4 to Category 2. The Wilmington area can now expect 9-to-13-foot storm surges if Florence's peak impact coincides with high tide, Brunswick County coastal areas west of Southport can expect 6-to-9-foot surges.

"I can't emphasize enough the potential for unbelievable damage from wind, storm surge, and inland flooding with this storm", one NWS forecaster said.

Although wind speeds have dropped - Florence was a Category 4 on Monday with 140 miles per hour winds - the National Hurricane Center warned wind fields are still expanding, and the hurricane has more total energy, which will "create a significant storm-surge event".

The centre of Florence will approach the coasts of North and SC on Thursday, then move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and eastern SC on Thursday night and Friday, the NHC added.

"As we have been predicting, this hurricane is unpredictable", McMaster said at a news briefing updating the state's response to Florence on Wednesday.

Steady streams of vehicles full of people and belongings flowed inland Tuesday as North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper tried to convince everyone on North Carolina's coast to flee.

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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.


A Category 4 on the five-level Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale, Florence was 750km south-southeast of Bermuda and the centre of the hurricane was forecast to pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas yesterday, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said.

Between 1 millions and 3 million people will likely lose power when Hurricane Florence makes landfall later this week, according to a Wednesday report from Duke Energy.

Florence is headed straight for some of the most well-known military bases in the country.

"Heed the warnings", said Byard, adding there was "well over $20 billion" in FEMA's disaster relief fund. "If you are on the coast, there is still time to get out safely".

Emergency preparations in the region included activating 2,800 National Guard troops in North Carolina, stockpiling food, setting up shelters, switching traffic patterns so major roads led away from shore, and securing 16 nuclear power reactors in the Carolinas and Virginia. Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said.

As the massive storm is predicted to wallop the area, there are ways to alleviate the stress of an approaching hurricane and be prepared. And although the storm's wind speeds have decreased slightly, says NOAA, the size of the wind field has increased, putting more people at risk.

Melody Rawson evacuated her first-floor apartment in Myrtle Beach and arrived at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, to camp for free with three other adults, her disabled son, two dogs and a pet bird. "You feel like you should have already left".

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