Wednesday, 26 September, 2018


U.S. airlines prepare for arrival of Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence Is Traveling A Similar Path As A 1933 Storm That Got Very, Very Close To D.C. NASA showed how it looks from space a hurricane "Florence"
Kristine Garrett | 14 September, 2018, 07:14

"We're just a strip of land - we're a barrier island", she said.

Hurricane Florence is likely to strengthen to a Category 5 storm as it approaches the U.S. where 1.7 million people have been warned to get out of the way.

Announcing his evacuation order, SC governor Henry McMaster said an estimated one million people would be fleeing the coast.

About 1 million people have been ordered to flee the entire SC coast beginning at noon on Tuesday.

Schools and county offices in 26 of the state's 46 counties will be closed starting Tuesday. It's estimated that 1 million people will be impacted by Florence's arrival.

US 278 and 21 in Beaufort County will be ready for reversal as of noon Tuesday, but officials will wait to make an order at that time.

"Pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of South Carolina and is going to go way inshore", South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said.

Residents of coastal areas are boarding up homes and packing their bags as residents brace for Florence's wrath.

According to the most recent data from the National Weather Service, Florence is now a category 4 hurricane with 130 miles per hour winds.

The Isle of Palms is giving away free sand in preparation for Hurricane Florence.

The US military is taking precautions as well.

More than 30,000 people have accepted the invitation to the tongue-in-cheek event, with a further 72,000 interested, according to a public Facebook post. It could potentially become the "Harvey of the East Coast".

Grocery stores began selling out of water, milk and bread, and supply stores were struggling to stock batteries, plywood and generators as early as Sunday.

American Airlines said it's is monitoring three separate storms and has issued travel alerts to a total of 39 airports in different parts of the world.

Some tourists and residents were still outside enjoying pleasant weather as forecasters said computer models narrowed the grim target with clearer consensus. It's forecasted to hit the Carolinas on Thursday and Friday. Even before the evacuation order, Dare County emergency officials warned that rough seas and strong rip currents already were creating unsafe conditions.

The hurricane center's description of a Category 4 hurricane begins with "catastrophic damage will occur". In Hampton Roads the average price is presently $2.60 per gallon, a penny less than last week, but 10 cents more than previous year. Electricity and power can go out for days.

At noon Monday, a mandatory evacuation order was issued for North Carolina's Hatteras Island.

Hurricane Florence is a Category 4 storm that is moving across the Atlantic and headed for the East Coast of the United States. As we said, there have been evacuation orders.

"Florence has continued to rapidly strengthen", the NHC said.

Two other storms are spinning in the Atlantic. We are bracing for a hard hit.

Quagliariello emphasized the impact of the hurricane, including tropical storm-force winds, could extend more than 100 miles from the storm's center.

"A west- northwestward motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected through late Tuesday, followed by a turn toward the northwest and then toward the north-northwest on Wednesday and Thursday", the NHC said.

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