FLORENCE: Landfall expected Friday morning, inland flooding a threat
16 September, 2018, 19:15 | Author: Myra Gill
"Don't plan to leave once the winds and rains start".
"A city can't handle that amount of rain", said Kaplan.
The excessive rain total predictions - "more than 10 trillion gallons" or "20 to 40 inches" in some places - is directly related to the storm's unprecedented path to the Carolinas, Forbes guest meteorologist Marshall Shepherd reported.
Areas that will be particularly susceptible to tropical storm conditions will be our far southeastern zones.
Homeless after losing her job at Walmart three months ago, 25-year-old Brittany Jones went to a storm shelter at a high school near Raleigh. A Category 2 storm means winds of 96-110 miles per hour; a Category 3 storm means 111-129 miles per hour.
About one million seven hundred thousand people have been ordered to evacuate on the coast of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The rainfall will cause prolonged significant river flooding. Some of the storm's wind and rain could even creep into eastern Georgia. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles.
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Florence's winds had dropped from a peak of 225 kph to 165 kph by midmorning, reducing the hurricane from a Category 4 to a Category 2.
The Union Point Park Complex is seen flooded as the Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, on Thursday.
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for. Other areas, including the cities of Darlington, S.C., and Greenville, N.C., imposed their own curfews, set to begin Thursday night. This is bigger than both of the Carolinas and THIS is why rain is the biggest issue.
But the most risky threat comes from Florence's rains and storm surge, which could bring flooding far inland. All that said, a saturated ground, even with tropical storm-force winds, will uproot trees. The surge won't be as bad as it potentially could have been, however, and the winds won't be as strong.
Officials will hold another briefing at 2 p.m. today.
"We expect those numbers to rise significantly over the next 24 hours, as the storm approaches and airlines finalize their operations plans", said Sara Orsi, a spokesperson for FlightAware.
"Well-constructed frame homes could sustain major roof and siding damage".
As Florence drew near, President Donald Trump tweeted that FEMA and first responders are "supplied and ready", and he disputed the official conclusion that almost 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico, claiming the figure was a Democratic plot to make him look bad. By the time the storm reaches Charlotte on Saturday, the winds will have slowed down significantly, with gusts expected around 40 miles per hour. But then they gradually diverge.
Computer models of exactly what the storm might do varied, adding to the uncertainty.
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Heavy rains were forecast to extend into the Appalachians, affecting parts of Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia. The flooding in southeast North Carolina and northeast SC might be "unprecedented", according to the agency .
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Henry McMaster urged patience, emphasizing that his state had never seen "a hurricane staying on top of us for this long". It said it was located about 65km west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina , and forecasters predicted a slow westward march.
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In Washington, North Carolina, the wind-swept Pamlico River has risen beyond its banks and is flooding entire neighborhoods. The National Hurricane Center said a gauge in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, reported 6.3 feet (1.92 meters) of inundation.
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