Hurricane Florence projected path: When will Florence track hit Carolinas?
Hurricane Florence projected path: When will Florence track hit Carolinas?
Traffic flow on all roads and highways in the Carolinas have been reset to one way- out of the coastal regions into the interior
12 September, 2018, 00:03
Hurricane Florence, a powerful Category 4 storm, is closing in on the Southeast, bringing threatening winds, a high storm surge and tons of rain.
Mandatory evacuation orders are in effect Tuesday in three USA states as forecasters and officials urge people to get ready for devastating winds and heavy rains from Hurricane Florence.
Among the many truly fearsome aspects Hurricane Florence poses to the Carolina coast and beyond is a potentially catastrophic storm surge, which some experts say could reach as much as 15 to 20 feet.
The life-threatening storm is now located about 905 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and is moving at a speed of 16 mph.
The category 4 hurricane is expected to make landfall in the USA late Thursday night, bringing heavy winds and up to 30 inches of rain.
South Carolina's governor ordered the state's entire coastline evacuated starting at noon Tuesday and predicted that 1 million people would flee as highways reverse directions. SC is also seeing a mass exodus, after the state's governor ordered a mandatory evacuation of the coastal counties.
Florence is maintaining its strength and Hurricane and Storm Surge Watches will likely be issued on Tuesday. Once Florence pushes over land, the winds will rapidly decrease below hurricane force by Friday night and below tropical storm force over the weekend.
"Florence is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 15 to 20 inches with isolated maxima to 30 inches near Florence's track over portions of North Carolina, Virginia, and northern SC through Saturday", says the National Hurricane Center. A storm with sustained winds of at least 111 miles per hour classifies as a Category 3 major hurricane, according to the NHC.
Authorities in coastal towns have told residents to pick up sandbags and in North Carolina they are already preparing bulldozers and chain saws in case they are needed in any future clean-up and rescue operations.
Hurricane Florence could cost the East Coast more than $170 billion and damage almost 759,000 homes and businesses, according to analytics firm CoreLogic.
A ideal storm of unfortunate circumstances mean Florence could deal a devastating blow to the Southeast.
Forecasters have warned the the hurricane could be "life threatening" by the time it strikes. North Carolina and Virginia have taken similar steps. Hurricane force winds start at 74 miles per hour.
But the landfall intensity of that storm was 250 km/h when it hit Puerto Rico, it added.
Hurricane-force winds are extending up to 65 kilometres from the storm's centre, while tropical-storm-force winds are blowing out at up to 240 kilometres.
The second-largest storm on record was last year's Hurricane Harvey, which inundated Houston and other parts of Texas and which cost an estimated $125 billion.
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