Astronaut takes photo showing power of Hurricane Florence from space

James Marshall
September 14, 2018

"This storm is going to get stronger before it makes landfall", CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said.

While Florence threatens to do enormous financial damage, it's unlikely to be the deadliest. Our prayers and thoughts go to our friends, family and loyal readership in that part of our coverage area.

At the moment, Florence, Hurricane Isaac, and Hurricane Helene are all swirling in different parts of the ocean at the peak of hurricane season.

"Most buildings will experience a 6-foot wave, but all it takes to knock down a wall is a one-and-a-half-foot wave", he said.

Florence is also expected to bring heavy flooding across the region.

"In my area, we flooded in 2015".

The lessons of the hurricanes of the 1950s, Rogers said, gave way to what we now view as a typical beach home: something high off the ground that we park cars under. "We can come back and fix things".

"It's not just the coast", Mr Graham said. "We've been very dry with hardly any rain in August".

"This is going to be a marathon event", FEMA Administrator Brock Long said Tuesday on "CBS This Morning".

"On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday, and approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday", the NHC said.

The Atlantic reports, "Since records began, only 10 major hurricanes have made landfall around the Carolinas".

There's the potential that spillover from open lagoons or wash away from barns or fields could get into water used for drinking or recreation, according to the Waterkeeper Alliance, an environmental group.

Still, the hog industry disputes the idea that there's much environmental risk from the waste lagoons, said Andy Curliss, Chief Executive Officer of the North Carolina Pork Council.

South Carolina State Veterinarian Boyd Parr has suspended some of the requirements for the interstate transport of animals to accommodate evacuations ahead of Hurricane Florence.

Florence continues to grow in size and strength, now poised to become the strongest hurricane in nearly 30 years to hit the Carolinas as more than 1 million people began fleeing the US coastline. "Evacuees should verify that the facilities to which they are evacuating also are waiving requirements before arriving at those facilities".

If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could bring torrential rains to the Appalachian mountains and as far away as West Virginia, causing flash floods, mudslides and other risky conditions.

North Carolina's governor issued what he called a first-of-its-kind mandatory evacuation order for North Carolina's fragile barrier islands from one end of the coast to the other.

As Hurricane Florence barrels toward the Carolina coast, experts are warning of its potentially disastrous effects.

In Holden Beach, North Carolina, in the storm's path, longtime residents were busy securing their homes and possessions. No evacuations have been ordered for year-round residents there or on the mainland, the county said.

Zone A includes low-lying areas of Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore.

Aside from that mammoth coastal flooding, Florence will likely inundate cities far inland as well.

To hasten evacuations from coastal SC, officials reversed the flow of traffic on some highways so all major roads led away from shore.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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