Frying Pan Web Cam Shows Hurricane Florence Off North Carolina Coast

James Marshall
September 14, 2018

That is now the case in the Carolinas - the state sent Maryland Task Force One, an urban search-and-rescue team based in Rockville, to SC on Wednesday.

Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale on Thursday evening and was moving west at only 6 miles per hour (9 km/h).

But despite the drop in wind strength, the most unsafe threat comes from Florence's rains and storm surge, which could bring flooding far inland.

The storm is still forecast to be an "extremely risky major hurricane when it nears the USA coast late Thursday and Friday", the National Hurricane Center (NHC) says. He added later, "Most of the fatalities in these tropical systems is water". But that, combined with the storm's slowing forward movement and heavy rains, had Gov. Roy Cooper warning of an impending disaster. Additionally, tornadoes could arise in southeast North Carolina on Thursday and Friday.

The storm's centre was about 180km east of Wilmington, North Carolina, at 2pm local time (18:00 GMT) but tropical storm-strength winds and heavy rains already were hitting North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier islands.

"I'm not going to put our personnel in harm's way", said Dan House. "So instead of maybe 120 mph winds for 30 minutes, you might end up with 90-100 mph winds for a couple of hours, or three or four hours". The warning also includes Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, large bodies of water in North Carolina that could see significant flooding. These sustained winds will continue through much of the weekend.

Two detention facilities in SC that are within government-mandated evacuation zones will not relocate inmates ahead of Hurricane Florence's landfall there.

"Do not focus on the wind speed category of #Hurricane #Florence!" the National Hurricane Center said Thursday morning.

Even if you know nothing about hurricanes, an unavoidable sense of doom and destruction overtakes you when you look at this image of Hurricane Florence as it moves inexorably toward North and SC.

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. Alexander Gerst/ESA/NASA via AP This image provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. Some areas could receive as much as 40 inches (one meter) of rain, forecasters said.

Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind, and he said it will still be an extremely risky storm for rain and storm surge.

Inland flooding near New Bern, North Carolina caused by Hurricane Florence's storm surge as predicted by the ADCIRC computer model. Storm surge of 13 feet on top of a high tide at 7 feet could overwhelm Carolina Beach. Another 400 people were in shelters in Virginia, where forecasts were less dire.

And now, many more people, houses and buildings are set to endure hurricane-force winds, which extend 80 miles out from Florence's center. The Category 4 storm is likely to produce "catastrophic" flooding in the eastern Carolinas, as well as destructive winds. Many shallowly rooted trees will be snapped or uprooted and block numerous roads.

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