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

Hurricanes Isaac and Florence continue to pose problems for Caribbean countries

Hurricanes Isaac and Florence continue to pose problems for Caribbean countries

Fierce winds and massive waves are expected to lash the coasts of North and SC and Virginia even before Florence makes landfall on Friday, and its rains will take a heavy toll for kilometres inland, the National Hurricane Center in Miami warned on Tuesday.

"This will have a storm surge in the 20-foot range", Myers said.

In the worst-case scenario, Florence could become the harshest hurricane to hit the country in terms of financial pain. More than one million residents have been ordered to evacuate from coastal areas of the three states, closing university campuses, schools and factories.

Even Wilmington, North Carolina - a coastal city accustomed to severe weather - is bracing for an unusually brutal impact. "During harvest, time is of the essence", Governor Roy Cooper said in announcing a state of emergency.

Liz Browning Fox was planning to ride out the storm on the Outer Banks, defying evacuation orders. "Don't bet your life on riding out a monster", he said.

For many people, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge: If Florence slows to a crawl, it could bring torrential rains all the way into the Appalachian mountains and as far away as West Virginia, causing flash floods, mudslides and other risky conditions in places that have already experienced lots of rain recently. "A lot of local people are staying", she said of the island, which is reachable only by ferry or plane.

North Carolina's governor has ordered a mandatory evacuation for the state's barrier islands as Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast.

With little wind shear to pull the storm apart, Florence's hurricane wind field is expected to expand over the coming days, increasing its storm surge and inland wind threats.

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CoreLogic's analysis of the path and intensity of the storm indicates that a wide swath communities along the East Coast, ranging from Charleston, South Carolina to Virginia Beach, Virginia, are vulnerable.

While gas prices tend to dip around this time each year, motorists can expect to see a spike in prices as Hurricane Florence has arrived on the East Coast.

More than a million people were under evacuation orders in the eastern United States Tuesday, where powerful Hurricane Florence threatened catastrophic damage to a region popular with vacationers and home to crucial government institutions.

Utilities deployed crews and gear in advance, with workers en route to the region from at least 15 states, according to trade group, the Edison Electric Institute.

"We want residents to prepare accordingly". "It is likely some areas will flood that have never flooded before". The Category 4 storm was moving west-northwest at 17 miles per hour. A hospital in Hampton, Virginia, was transferring patients to safer places.

Trump approved emergency declarations for the Carolinas, a standard move allowing the release of federal funds and equipment to aid in protection and recovery efforts.

"We are sparing no expense". UCF had to cancel its home game against Georgia Tech previous year because of Hurricane Irma. Some 3,000 people died in the aftermath of that storm. She said it was built in 2009 in Buxton, North Carolina, up on a ridge, and made to withstand a hurricane.

Two-thirds of North Carolina's farm income comes from poultry and livestock, including hogs and dairy cattle, according to Wooten. Get to the grocery store. Many gasoline stations were running low on fuel. The affected area stretches from about North Brownsville to the Louisiana border, and potentially includes Houston, which is still recovering from Hurricane Harvey. "What is flooding going to do to our home, our city?"

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