Fears as Hurricane Florence nears United States coast

Lawrence Kim
September 14, 2018

Forecasters expect Florence to hit the Carolinas early in the morning on September 14. And that's just the prelude to untold days of misery.

Maximum water heights caused by Hurricane Florence's storm surge as predicted by the ADCIRC computer model. "We will have catastrophic effects".

Hurricane-force winds began whipping North Carolina as federal emergency management officials warned that the hurricane remained a "very unsafe storm" capable of wreaking havoc along a wide swathe of the coast.

Even the thousands of emergency workers on scene - ranging from power workers to National Guardsmen to cops, many of them volunteers from across the country - could only sit and wait for Florence to do its worst before they could do their best.

"It can go back up", she said.

Ken Graham, NHC director, said on Facebook the storm surges could push in as far as two miles. The storm was a risky Category 4 hurricane Wednesday but has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm Thursday. That's enough to fill more than 15 million Olympic-size swimming pools. The category ranking of storms only describes the speed of the storm's sustained winds.

"It's cumulative damage", Myers said. "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000". So will the trees. Tropical-storm-force winds are between 39 and 73 miles per hour. The storm's slowing forward movement and heavy rains had Gov. Roy Cooper warning of an impending disaster.

Forecasters said conditions would only get more lethal when the storm smashed ashore early on Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina line and crawled slowly inland. At least nine nuclear facilities also lie in the storm's path, including Duke Energy's Brunswick nuclear plant in North Carolina.

"Follow advice from [your] local government officials", reads the latest update from the National Weather Service in Charlotte.

"You put your life at risk by staying", Cooper said.

Forecasters' European climate model is predicting two trillion to 11 trillion gallons of rain will fall on North Carolina over the next week, according to meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com.

Almost 2 million coastal residents are now under mandatory evacuation orders, although it remains unclear how many have actually done so. "It's chilling, even from space", said Gerst.

In Carolina Beach, North Carolina, authorities have stopped allowing traffic to the island via the only bridge between the island and the mainland. As the recovery from past storms continues in many rural towns, the next storm is about to strike.

"When that last ferry pulls out.it's unnerving to see it pull away and know, 'That's the last chance I have of getting off this island, '" she said Wednesday.

It is expected to impact Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. "If God's coming for you, you can't run from him". "I've never been one to leave for a storm, but this one kind of had me spooked". Hurricane Helene and Subtropical Storm Joyce were off in the Atlantic, posing no threat. Hurricane Helene is veering toward Europe.

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