Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Hurricane Florence: Latest NOAA Updates from NHC (Sept. 13)

Hurricane Florence: Latest NOAA Updates from NHC (Sept. 13)

At a press conference Thursday morning, officials stressed that Hurricane Florence's wind speed may have fallen, but the danger has not.

Florence was one of two major storms threatening millions of people on opposite sides of the world.

"It's going to coming roaring up to the coast Thursday night and say 'I'm not sure I really want to do this and I'll just take a tour of the coast and decide where I want to go inland, '" said Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the private Weather Underground. The latest forecast shows the eye of Florence could pass directly over the barrier island, pushing a huge surge of ocean water.

The National Hurricane Center noted the following at 11 a.m.: "Florence is moving toward the northwest near 10 miles per hour (17 km/h). But looking back at the forecast tracks for Hurricane Florence from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and the ensemble members of the leading global forecast models a couple of days ago, what stood out was how relatively straightforward they were", RMS said.

Between 1 and 3 million people could lose power in the Carolinas in the wake of Hurricane Florence, according to Duke Energy. We will also see some intermittent rain throughout the day as the outer bands of Florence move in. But forecasters warned that the widening storm - and its likelihood of lingering around the coast day after day - will bring seawater surging onto land and torrential downpours.

The first rains and strong winds from Hurricane Florence began hitting North Carolina early Thursday, leading the way for a storm packing 110-mph winds.

"Little change in strength is expected before the center reaches the coast, with weakening expected after the center moves inland", the National Hurricane Center said.

Hurricane Florence makes landfall, set to deluge Carolinas
Forecasters have warned that storm Florence could still bring catastrophic flooding, describing it as a "one thousand year event". This is the freaky moment a TV weatherman appeared to be caught faking his battle against gale-force winds during Storm Florence.

Hurricane Florence has dropped to a Category 2 status, but it remains "very risky storm" that will hit nearly all of North Carolina, and everybody "needs to pay attention and seek cover", Sen.

"I've never seen the president and all these other people talk the way they're talking", he said while waiting for an evacuation bus. "Today the threat becomes a reality", he said.

Almost 2 million coastal residents are now under mandatory evacuation orders, although it remains unclear how many have actually done so. A 78-year-old man was electrocuted attempting to connect extension cords while another man died when he was blown down by high winds while checking on his hunting dogs, a county spokesman said.

Those who live more inland could experience flash flooding, potential tornadoes and mudslides, forecasters said.

The Coast Guard said in a news release that the decision to stop port operations at 8 p.m. Wednesday comes because gale force winds of up to 54 mph (87 kph) were possible within 24 hours.

"Prepare for the worst, hope for the best", McMaster said he told residents.

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