Hurricane Florence has weakened but will still be devastating

James Marshall
September 13, 2018

"This large-scale feature is expected to keep the hurricane moving northwestward today, followed by a turn toward the west at a much slower speed on Friday as the ridge to the north of Florence weakens due to a weak shortwave trough dropping slowly southward from the Ohio Valley". It's not clear yet where the storm will park, but local forecasts have predicted some areas could receive 30-40 inches of rain depending on where the storm sits.

By way of computer modeling, Duke Energy anticipates between 1 and 3 million customers in the Carolinas to lose power in addition to those Dominion serves in Virginia. A tropical storm warning covers the area from north of Duck to the Virgina Tidewater area.

Hurricane Florence, which is nearing the US East Coast, could "kill a lot of people", emergency officials warn. It marks the beginning of a prolonged assault from wind and water, which - by the time it's over - is likely to bring devastating damage and flooding to millions of people in the Southeast.

Frustrated after evacuating his beach home for a storm that has since been downgraded, retired nurse Frederick Fisher grumbled in the lobby of a hotel in Wilmington several miles inland. If the two systems become tropical storms, it would be the first time the Atlantic has had five named storms at once, Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach said.

"Even after Hurricane Florence makes landfall, it's still forecast to just crawl west over SC, gradually weakening to a tropical storm", said FOX 46 Meteorologist Tara Lane.

Anxious about how the government will respond to Hurricane Florence's devastation?

Emergency declarations are in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

"I said, 'Why get on the road like this? We just want prayers from everyone".

"It's all going to be predicated on where the damage is at, in terms of how and where we deploy our resources", said Penn. "But no matter how bad it's going to be, it will pass and our job will be to rebuild this community together, and that's what we're going to do". Now, there are signs that Hurricane Florence could deliver a similar blow to the East Coast beginning on Thursday, making it even more important to evacuate before the storm arrives.

Of course, stately as Florence's eye may look in these pictures, NOAA video reminds us that it's a churning place of tremendous latent power.

North Carolina has had this problem before.

"The Small-Craft Warning will remain in effect until 6:00 a.m Friday, 14th September, 2018".

North Carolina residents have stockpiled bags of ice, in anticipation of an electricity outage which could last for weeks. "People are taking down awnings and U-Haul trucks have come in and take the entire contents of stores".

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