Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Hurricane Florence weakens slightly as it moves toward US coast: NHC

039;We're on the wrong side of this thing,' North Carolina governor warns as destructive hurricane bears down Florence’s quiet potential disaster: Hog manure
Sandy Nunez | 14 September, 2018, 13:28

The National Hurricane Center said early Friday that Florence's eyewall is beginning to approach the North Carolina coast bringing with it life-threatening storm surge.

The outer edge of Hurricane Florence began buffeting the Carolinas with wind and rain on Thursday as forecasters warned the monster storm would trigger life-threatening flooding as it assaults the United States east coast. Millions were expected to lose power from the storm and restoration could take weeks.

Duke said it had more than 20,000 personnel ready to start fixing outages as soon as conditions allowed, including over 8,000 from the Duke's Carolinas utilities, 1,700 from the Midwest, 1,200 from Florida and 9,400 from other utilities. "I'm going to get killed on the road, '" Bradley said.

North Carolina will see up to eight months of rain in a two- to three-day period, National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear said in a video briefing. More than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out.

In the meantime, "treat the inland flooding just as seriously as you would the storm surge", said Clark.

At 5pm pm (2100 GMT), Florence was over the Atlantic Ocean about 100 miles (160 kilometers) east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and moving west-northwest at five miles per hour, the NHC said.

Hurricane Florence weakened from a Category 4 down to a Category 2 storm Wednesday night but the massive system is still considered extremely risky and life threatening. Its surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 11 feet (3.4 meters) of ocean water, and days of downpours could unload more than 3 feet (0.9 meters) of rain, touching off severe flooding.

Hurricane Florence weakens slightly as it moves toward USA coast: NHC
His home, built 1 mile inland in 2016, is raised 25 feet off the ground and is built to withstand 140-mph winds, he said. Moreover, high tides around noon and midnight these next few days will make the storm surges even worse, Samson said.

He said hurricane-force winds extended outward 80 miles from the center of the storm and tropical storm-force winds extended almost 200 miles out.

As if the storm itself is not risky enough, it is expected to spawn tornadoes in southeast North Carolina on Thursday and Friday.

Winds and rain were arriving later in SC, and a few people were still walking on the sand at Myrtle Beach while North Carolina was getting pounded.

With winds picking up along the coastline early Thursday, federal and state officials had issued final appeals to residents to get out of the path of the "once in a lifetime" weather system.

At least 88,000 people were without power in North Carolina with the brunt of the storm yet to come, according to the state's emergency management agency.

She said a hurricane has a way of bringing everyone to the same level. "When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths".