Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

Hurricanes Isaac and Florence continue to pose problems for Caribbean countries

Hurricanes Isaac and Florence continue to pose problems for Caribbean countries

Everyone "from SC into the Mid-Atlantic region should ensure they have their hurricane plan in place and follow any advice given by local officials", the hurricane center urged ahead of Florence's expected landfall on Thursday or Friday. "Now's the time to prepare".

Hurricane Florence churned Tuesday toward an Eastern Seaboard landfall as a million people were ordered to leave the coast and millions more prepared for what could be one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the region in decades. He also canceled campaign events Thursday and Friday in anticipation of the storm.

At 2pm Tuesday afternoon, Florence was located 845 miles (1360km) southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina.

The Isle of Palms is giving away free sand in preparation for Hurricane Florence. That could bring prolonged heavy rainfall.

Governors of several states including North and SC have also waived certain trucking and transportation regulations to help prep for the storm - and be ready to take quick action once the worst it over. "That, folks, is extremely life-threatening". Sure enough, in future years it finds more storms that strengthen by more than 45 mph in 24 hours, as Hurricane Florence did, and even a number of rare and super-extreme storms that intensify by more than 115 mph in 24 hours.

But no matter where the monster storm ultimately crosses the southern East Coast of the US, Florence's high winds and heavy rains will hit communities for miles north, south - and even west.

Residents along the coast in North Carolina, but also SC and Virginia have already been issued mandatory evacuation orders.

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Coastal areas need to be concerned of storm surge, heavy winds, and potentially tornadoes, while Porter also stressed there is a strong possibility of the storm "stalling out for days" once it moves inland.

The hurricane watch notice is significant because it signals the opening of a 48-hour window for the expected first arrival of tropical storm-force winds.

The governors of South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia have declared emergencies.

A warm ocean gives hurricanes their fuel, and Florence is moving over an area with water temperatures nearing 85 degrees (30 Celsius), hurricane specialist Eric Blake wrote.

In the Pacific, Olivia became a tropical storm again, on a path to hit the Hawaiian islands early Wednesday. "The ground is already saturated and any winds could put down some trees and pose a problem".

"We've seen nor'easters and we've seen hurricanes before", Cooper said, "but this one is different". The risk of flash flooding is 20%, or moderate, for the eastern third of North Carolina.

The new computer model's resolution is "one of the highest yet achieved" for a global climate model that captures the entire Earth and both its atmosphere and oceans, said Emanuel in an email. Two of those, hurricanes Charley and Frances, occurred in 2004, while the third, Hurricane Hugo, dates back to 1989.

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"Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls". Millions were expected to lose power, perhaps for weeks.

The tristate area continues to be among the most costly for motorists, with New Yorkers paying an average of $3.00 per gallon and CT paying $3.04 per gallon.

Florence is now at a Category 4 level, the second highest classification on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, with winds now at 130 miles per hour (209 kilometers per hour). Florence will likely weaken to a Category 1 storm Friday or Saturday. At that level, it would still cause "devastating damage", according to the Saffir-Simpson scale.

"While some weakening is expected on Thursday, Florence is expected to be an extremely risky major hurricane through landfall", the center said.

"There's never been a storm like Florence".

"Weakening is forecast to begin by the middle of the week as Isaac approaches the Lesser Antilles", the NHC said, urging residents in the Windward Islands - Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines - to pay particular attention to the storm.

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