Monday, 10 December, 2018

'Monster' Hurricane Florence Barrels Toward the Carolinas

Astronauts had to use super wide-angle lens to photograph Hurricane Florence because it’s so huge White House Buckles in For Hurricane Florence
Sandy Nunez | 14 September, 2018, 08:09

Just adding up the store bases in North and SC and Virginia is an oversimplification, he argues, while his research suggests that only low- to mid-single-digit percentages of most companies' stores will be affected.

Some strengthening is forecast through Wednesday night, drawing energy from the warm water.

Hurricane Olivia is heading towards Hawaii as Tropical Storm Paul is approaching the west coast of Mexico. It will be more tropical depression at that point. Tropical Storm Isaac was expected to pass south of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Cuba. Forecasters also were tracking two other disturbances.

"Wave heights to 83 ft were measured early this morning under the [northeast] quadrant of Hurricane Florence", tweeted the National Hurricane Center. There are concerns that it could knock out power for weeks.

As Graham says, "just because you have a landfall to your south doesn't mean you're out of the woods, because the winds are huge around this system".

This photo provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, as it threatens the U.S. East Coast.

But DHS officials said the money was transferred from unspent operational accounts for training, office supplies and headquarters costs.

Merkley provided no evidence for his suggestion that the money came from hurricane response funds.

"It's going to destroy homes", said Jeff Byard, an official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"If you don't have a plan in place, you still have time to do something", Jones said.

This comes as Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall in North Carolina late Thursday through early Friday.

"It now looks increasingly possible that Florence will stay near the coast (either inland or just offshore) for a day or longer, perhaps moving southwest along the coast".

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If the hurricane continues in a southwesterly direction, the Georgia coastline and inland counties will experience the outer bands of the storm, meteorologists said.

The storm was forecast to stall close to shore, pounding picturesque beaches along a stretch of coast which includes the historic city of Charleston.

Gov. Henry McMaster has ordered evacuations in counties along the state's coast, including Charleston.

Barish writes that overall, casual dining restaurants are more likely to take a hit from Florence than quick-serve restaurants, but restaurants in general could get a bit of a boost on a same-store-sales basis.

The intensity of the wind and rain we'll see here is dependent on the exact track of the storm.

That's saying a lot, given the impacts from Hurricanes Diana, Hugo, Fran, Bonnie, Floyd, and Matthew. Rather than pushing up toward western Virginia, the storm's center is now predicted to move across the middle of SC.

Florence is a large hurricane and will affect much of North and SC. Dubbed the "Storm of a lifetime", the National Weather Service expects the hurricane to reach the Carolinas on Thursday or Friday, and may linger over the weekend - bringing with it "catastrophic" winds and flooding rainfall.

A risky Hurricane Florence is steadily making its way to the U.S. East Coast.

"An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft that was in the hurricane until just after midnight" recorded a peak wind gust of around 150 miles per hour, according to the hurricane center. Strengthening is forecast through Wednesday.

President Trump is receiving regular updates on the situation. With Hurricane Florence set to wallop the area as a Category 4 hurricane, there are fears the ponds could overflow or even collapse amid extremely heavy rain, sending vast amounts of manure from thousands of farms into rivers and contaminating groundwater.

Toronto-Dominion Bank has temporarily closed some of its locations in the Carolinas as Hurricane Florence approaches the US east coast.