Hurricane Florence: Footage Of Dangerous Storm Surge Is Spreading

James Marshall
September 15, 2018

That same area experienced risky flooding after Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

"We immediately gave up our hotel rooms so that more rooms are now available to those coming inland", Hunt said. Localized higher amounts of up to 40 inches are possible. Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles. These unforgiving winds will damage homes and buildings, down trees and knock out power.

Florence has been bearing down on the Carolinas for days, and it has expanded in size, with tropical-storm-force winds extending almost 200 miles from the storm's eye. Some of the storm's wind and rain could even creep into eastern Georgia.

In South Carolina, officials urged residents to prepare for wind, rain, extended power outages, downed trees and even potential mudslides as the storm hovers over the state and dumps millions of gallons of rainwater, as Hurricane Harvey did in the Houston area a year ago.

Thankfully, a large high pressure center will keep us safe from Florence over the weekend here in New England.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for.

Wilmington resident Julie Terrell was plenty concerned after walking to breakfast past a row of shops fortified with boards, sandbags and hurricane shutters. A tropical storm warning covers the area from north of Duck to the Virgina Tidewater area.

A man rides his bike as the Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, Sept. 13, 2018. He estimated around 1 million people have evacuated.

His proposals preceded a storm that is expected to bring severe damage to the state's coast.

Florence was 155 miles (250km) east of Myrtle Beach in SC at 17:00 EDT (21:00 GMT), and is projected to make landfall on Friday at 08:00 local time.

Today's weather will not be as impactful for areas farther in land. This lasting through several tide cycles potentially. Sand dunes gone storm surge 4' into house knocking down walls first floor. The storm surge in some locations is going to set records. Forecasters said "catastrophic" freshwater flooding was expected along waterways far from the coast of the Carolinas.

"Floodwaters may enter numerous structures, and some may become uninhabitable or washed away", the Weather Service warned. The storm is expected to linger, dumping several centimeters of rain in affected areas and causing widespread destruction. It will likely only last a couple of days, before weakening in the northern Atlantic. That's what happens at landfall - the storm actually got bigger physically. If the storm makes landfall as a Category 2, these winds will be damaging, sustained at up to 160km/h or so with higher gusts.

A few tornadoes are possible in eastern North Carolina through Friday. Many shallowly rooted trees will be snapped or uprooted and block numerous roads. "The infrastructure is going to break, the power is going to go out". The forecast track has the storm moving slowly along the coast throughout Friday and into Saturday. Myrtle Beach imposed a curfew Wednesday night from 10 p.m.to 6 a.m. Thursday.

Winds and rain were arriving later in SC, and a few people were still walking on the sand at Myrtle Beach while North Carolina was getting pounded. Mathis wrote, "Here's the thing about tornadoes: they're here, and then they're gone".

The next day, he rescinded the order when it appeared the storm was shifting north.

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