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More than 1 million under evacuation as Hurricane Florence nears Carolinas

11 September, 2018, 17:15 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • Mandatory evacuation issued for Hatteras Island ahead of Hurricane Florence

As coastal communities up and down the East Coast prepare for the worst this weekend from Hurricane Florence, Massachusetts need not join them in filling up sandbags and stocking up on bottled water. The National Hurricane Center predicts a hurricane watch will likely be issued by Tuesday morning for the "extremely risky major hurricane". Tropical storm force winds extend 150 miles from the center.

American's Hurricane Florence advisory also includes airports in Charleston, Columbia, Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Greenville, Raleigh-Durham and Asheville, North Carolina; Norfolk, Richmond and Charlottesville, Virginia; and Augusta and Savannah, Georgia.

Cooper and his counterparts in South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland all declared states of emergency.

Forecasters cautioned, though, Florence could impact anywhere from northern Florida to north of the Washington, D.C., area.

While a statement from Ralph Northam, Virginia Governor, added that it could be the "most significant hurricane event in decades" before warning of "catastrophic inland flood, high winds and power outages". By Monday morning, the hurricane center classified Florence as a "major" Category 3 hurricane, with sustained winds of at least 111 miles per hour.

Hurricane Isaac has seriously weakened recently due to the wind shear in the Atlantic. At that point the storm was centred about 1,880 km east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, the NHC said.

Isaac, a weakening Category 1 hurricane, is much farther south, and is facing the same winds that threatened to rip Hurricane Florence apart.

Florida governor Rick Scott, whose state experiences the most hurricane-force storms in the USA, pledged resources, expertise and guidance to the three states in which emergencies have been declared.

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Henry McMaster (R) on Monday ordered a mandatory evacuation of the state's coastline ahead of Hurricane Florence's expected arrival on Thursday.

This morning, NOAA tweeted a video from the GOES-East weather satellite, also known as GOES-16, showing the storm's eye churning through the Atlantic.

The clip was taken early Monday morning and hours before the storm was upgraded in strength.

A video camera on board the space station also recorded footage of Hurricane Florence.

"This is a big, big hurricane", McMaster said, noting that wind speeds are predicted to be more violent than in either of the the region's two most damaging storms of the past 30 years. As Florence approaches the coast, it is forecast to strengthen.

Behind Isaac, Helene has strengthened with maximum sustained winds estimated to be at 110 miles per hour.

Florence "is particularly big, particularly strong and. there's nothing stopping it", the SC governor Henry McMaster said at a news conference on Monday. Still, the storm would produce flooding rains across a large part of the U.S. South, expanding the damage, according to Enki Research's Watson. Freshwater flooding is extremely likely once the storm makes landfall, possibly as far inland as West Virginia.


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