Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

How Is Hurricane Florence Affecting You?

How Is Hurricane Florence Affecting You?

Hurricane Florence intensified rapidly to a category 4 storm Monday with sustained winds of 140 miles per hour., tracking toward the North Carolina coast with an expected landfall as early as Thursday.

The National Hurricane Center issued hurricane warnings for the Carolinas on Tuesday as millions braced for the strongest storm to hit the region in decades.

Swells up to 15 feet could batter the coast, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said.

"We do not want to risk one SC life in this hurricane", the governor told reporters.

"As a result, people from southeastern Virginia to southern New Jersey could have damaging winds and significant coastal flooding, even if Florence hovers or moves ashore in North Carolina".

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said his state was "in the bullseye" of the storm and urged people to "get ready now".

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In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate. "People are getting frantic", manager Nadine Schrock said, adding her shop also sold out cases of bottled water. "We live paycheck to paycheck, being a military family, and it's four days until payday".

More than 30,000 people have accepted the invitation to the tongue-in-cheek event, with a further 72,000 interested, according to a public Facebook post. By 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT), the previously calm surf began to show some chop.

Florence grew into a major hurricane on Monday morning and was upgraded again to a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane strength at midday as its top sustained wind speeds reached 130 miles per hour.

Name SearchWatch Service' Ken Graham warned that Florence was forecast to slow down significantly and linger over the Carolinas once it reaches shore, dropping heavy rainfall as far as West Virginia. That authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency "to coordinate all disaster relief efforts", the White House said in a statement. It's now at a Category 4.

Wind gusts topping 100 miles per hour are likely near and just north of where Florence approaches the coast. Well-built homes can lose walls and roofs. "Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed". "Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes".

North Carolina's governor declared a state of emergency on Sunday, one day after SC.

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The state Transportation Department likely will begin diverting eastbound traffic off I-26 in Columbia to USA 321 or I-77 north at 8 a.m. Tuesday, it said.

Public schools will be closed as of Tuesday morning in SC in the following counties: Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Beaufort, Barnwell, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Colleton, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Lexington, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter and Williamsburg. At that point the storm was centred about 1,170 miles (1,880 km) east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, the NHC said.

Tropical storm Gordon and hurricane Florence are two exceptions in an otherwise quiet Atlantic hurricane 2018 season.

"As soon as that mandatory evacuation comes down.think it's noon (Tuesday), they will see a huge influx", Tori Gayle at the River Falls campground in Lakemont, Georgia told the station.

"This is not going to be a glancing blow", Byard said, warning of power outages, road closures, infrastructure damage and potential loss of life.

Hurricane Florence continues to gain strength as she moves across the Atlantic. NASA cameras also captured the storm earlier in September as it churned across the North Atlantic.

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