Hurricane Florence Could Bring Up To 30 Inches Of Rain To Carolinas
Hurricane Florence Could Bring Up To 30 Inches Of Rain To Carolinas
14 September, 2018, 00:01
"A lot of our storefronts are boarded up", said Lynn Davis, town manager for Belhaven which sits at sea level in northeastern North Carolina.
Forecasters said early Thursday that the storm's outer rain bands are approaching the North Carolina coast. Cooper pointed out that people won't be putting their own life at risk if they stick around, but also the lives of first responders who may be called on to rescue them.
If the European model is true or the overall trend persists, University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy said it "is exceptionally bad news, as it smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge".
Forecasters say it could slow dramatically when it nears land and then linger until Saturday, moving unpredictably along the coast and bringing torrential rain.
Businesses in Wrightsville Beach, N.C., prepare for Hurricane Florence on Wednesday.
According to CNN, Florence's center will approach the coasts of North and SC late Thursday and Friday, with the actual landfall expected to come on Friday afternoon. Reacting to the possibility of a more southerly track, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared an emergency but did not immediately order any evacuations. A high-pressure ridge over the Central and Eastern US is said to be blocking the storm's further movement along its original vectors, though it could still curve again once over land.
In Carolina Beach, authorities have stopped allowing traffic to the island via the only bridge between the island and the mainland. They also instituted a 24-hour curfew. Storm surge of 13 feet on top of a high tide at 7 feet could overwhelm Carolina Beach.
"The rain's going to be around for a long time", he said. "Flooding is nearly guaranteed". "If it's my time to go, I'll go". She packed up what she could and took a ferry.
More than 10 million people are under a storm watch or warning in Virginia and the Carolinas, where up to 40 inches of rain could fall. "You're going to be displaced from your home in coastal areas".
This image of Hurricane Florence was captured by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, now living and working onboard the International Space Station. The images here were all taken by astronaut Alexander Gerst on September 12. "If God's coming for you, you can't run from him".
A few of the high-resolution images show the towering walls of the eye of the storm where things are ever so much calmer than they are near the wall of the eye. Surges as high as 9-to-13 feet are now forecast from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout.
FlightAware expects the number of cancellations to rise, although "the limited number of hubs being impacted by Florence will likely limit the scale of disruption that cascades through the national air travel system", spokeswoman Sara Orsi said in a statement. Those four storms are brewing at the same time Hurricane Olivia is pounding Hawaii.
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Florence is expected to bring tropical storm conditions to North Carolina and SC on Thursday and hurricane conditions on Friday . And the more it hovers just off shore - a distinct possibility - the more potentially deadly storm surge it pushes on-shore.
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