Hurricane Florence's Path Remains Uncertain As Storm Closes In On Carolinas

13 September, 2018, 16:48 | Author: Chad Warren
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Randall Hill / Reuters Lisa Evers (Foreground) and her daughter Amanda Hamilton, both of Oak Island, decorate their storm shutters before evacuating ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Oak Island, North Carolina, U.S. September 12, 2018.

There will be hurricane-force winds up to 80 miles from the centre of the storm, meteorologists say.

There is now a hurricane warning in effect from the Santee River in SC to the Outer Banks in North Carolina.

From his orbiting perch, Gerst offered Earthlings yet another warning about the hurricane's dangers: "Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you".

And preparations for this hurricane remind her of Floyd almost 20 years ago, which was the first time she "saw it rain sideways".

More than a million people have been ordered to evacuate the coastlines of the Carolinas and Virginia.

NOAA also released another video shot from Kermit, giving a more prolonged look at the eye of the storm. "Expect this storm to batter our state for days".

Tropical Storm "Isaac" was spotted east of the Lesser Antilles and expected to pass south of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Cuba, while Hurricane "Helene" was moving northward away from land. Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind, and he said it will still be an extremely risky storm for rain and storm surge.

The Miami-based NHC stressed, however, that while a slow weakening is expected over the next 24 hours "Florence is still forecast to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane when it nears the USA coast late Thursday and Friday". In South Carolina, close to the Georgia line, Beaufort County emergency chief Neil Baxley told residents they need to prepare again for the worst just in case.

Transportation companies in Georgia and the Carolinas sprinted to secure property and employees in the path of Hurricane Florence on Wednesday as disruptions to the US supply chain were already being felt.

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"A lot of our storefronts are boarded up", said Lynn Davis, town manager for Belhaven which sits at sea level in northeastern North Carolina. "These enormous waves are produced by being trapped along with very strong winds moving in the same direction as the storm's motion".

"If I need to evacuate I can go to my son's house", Sparks said as he carted a load of water bottles to his auto.

"I must confess I like the atmosphere around it", he said, looking out over the Atlantic.

And some 10 million people are now under some form of storm watch or warning as the hurricane nears the coast.

Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for the state of Georgia: "in light of the storm's forecasted southward track after making landfall".

Devastating flooding appears likely for southeastern North Carolina.

In South Carolina, traffic along parts of Interstate 26 and United States 501 has been directed away from the coast.

Many people in coastal communities have followed the mandatory evacuation orders, but some are vowing to stay put and ride it out.

Florence was downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane early Wednesday afternoon, but it is expected to be a Category 4 storm again by Thursday morning. The aircraft are four-engine turboprops, created to not only survive in storms but also study them.

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