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

Hurricane Florence Downgraded as Trump Claims It’s "More Powerful"

Hurricane Florence Downgraded as Trump Claims It’s

When will Hurricane Florence hit? In reality, Florence was downgraded by the National Weather Service from a category 3 to a category 2 storm.

STORM SURGE: The combination of a risky storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline.

A large tropical system, hurricane-force winds extend outward from Florence's center of circulation for eighty miles.

In all, an estimated 10 million people live in areas expected to be placed under a hurricane or storm advisory, according to the U.S. Weather Prediction Center.

Once a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 140 miles per hour (225 kph), the hurricane was downgraded to a Category 1 on Thursday night.

Hurricane Florence, now a Category 2 storm, is slowly approaching the USA coast, and the storm's massive fury is on full display in video footage taken from the International Space Station.

President Donald Trump both touted the governments readiness and urged people to get out of the way. "Don't play games with it". "It's a big one, maybe as big as they've seen, and tremendous amounts of water".

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As of 11 a.m. EDT, Florence was centered about 145 miles (230 kilometers) southeast of Wilmington, its forward movement slowed to 10 mph (17 kph).

Florence was seen as a major test for FEMA, which was heavily criticized as slow and unprepared past year for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, which was blamed for almost 3,000 deaths.

Emergency preparations included activating more than 2,700 National Guard troops, stockpiling food, setting up shelters, switching traffic patterns so major roads led away from shore, and securing 16 nuclear power reactors in the Carolinas and Virginia. Home Depot and Lowes activated emergency response centers to get generators, trash bags and bottled water to stores before and after the storm. The two hardware chains said they sent in a total of around 1,100 trucks.

Body surfer Andrew Vanotteren, of Savannah, Ga., crashes into waves from Hurricane Florence, Wednesday, Sept., 12, 2018, on the south beach of Tybee Island, Ga. The storm could knock out electricity to several million customers in the Carolinas.

The powerful storm already has inundated coastal streets with ocean water and left tens of thousands without power, and forecasters say that "catastrophic" freshwater flooding is expected along waterways far from the coast of the Carolinas.

But Jeremy Tominack said he stayed so he could keep an eye on his home and help his fellow Wilmington residents after the storm passes.

Boarding up his home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Chris Pennington watched the forecasts and tried to decide when to leave.

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The timing of the official landfall could change with any shift in Florence's track over the next 12-18 hours. Evacuation orders are in place in the Carolinas and Virginia, and Georgia is in a state of emergency.

"I don't care if this goes down to a Category 1", CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said.

Doug Lewis and Chris Williams use plywood to cover the windows of Knuckleheads bar as they try to protect the business ahead of the arrival of Florence.

A large rain cloud passes over a day before the arrival of hurricane Florence in Wilmington, N.C. on September 12, 2018. "We're trying to get everybody out and as such we're shutting the hospital down", said Dr. John Pangia of Grand Strand Health.

"Against my better judgment, due to emotionalism, I evacuated, " he said.

Some Florence evacuees are steering toward Bristol Motor Speedway near the Tennessee-Virginia border and Atlanta Motor Speedway, where campgrounds have been opened for people fleeing the storm. "I know it's hard to move, and I know that you are leaving things behind that you don't want to leave behind, but no possession is worth your life".

The forecast calls for as much as 40 inches (102 centimeters) of rain over seven days along the coast, with the deluge continuing even as the center of the storm pushes its way over the Appalachian Mountains. We will start to see Florence slow down a bit as the day progresses.

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