12:15 p.m. update: Hurricane Florence now a Cat 4 monster

12 September, 2018, 04:29 | Author: Carmen Reese
  • Amtrak is canceling service south of Washington ahead of Hurricane Florence

"Re-strengthening is forecast to occur during the next day or so, and Florence is expected to be an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday night", said the National Hurricane Center in its latest update. A hurricane watch was in effect for Edisto Beach, South Carolina, to Virginia's southern border, with the first hurricane-force winds arriving late Thursday.

"They're going to pre-position us and get us in the area of where the storm is going to hit, and then they'll move us to wherever we're needed", he added.

"The combination of storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline". Anyone wanting to stay should prepare for strong winds, a deep storm surge, and rainfall lasting between 24-36 hours.

The massive storm is threatening the East Coast of the U.S. with an expected landfall late Thursday.

The storm is moving to west northwest at 15 miles per hour.

That width measures the tropical force winds generated by Florence, which Anderson said were blowing at speeds from 39 to 73 miles per hour.

Federal forecasters expect the storm to make landfall on Friday with 130 mile-per-hour (215 kph) winds and massive waves, with rains taking a heavy toll inland.

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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. Some coastal Virginia and North Carolina residents are under evacuation orders as well. Its centre will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and approach the coast of South or North Carolina on Thursday, the National Hurricane Centre said.

He says storm surge could reach as high as 10 feet (3 meters) and estimates 1 million residents will be leaving the coast.

McMaster and Cooper declared a state of emergency in their states, and Cooper had already activated 200 National Guard troops and asked President Donald Trump for a disaster declaration ahead of the storm so federal help can be made available as quickly as possible.

The hurricane warning was issued for issued from South Santee River, South Carolina, to Duck, North Carolina, and the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds. "We will need to see a higher sample of storms throughout the next 50 to 100 years to fully attribute the claim of climate change as the culprit for Florence's intensification".

Hurricane force winds extend 40 miles from Florence's eye and tropical storm force winds extend 150 miles.

While there remains some uncertainty around Hurricane Florence's exact path, one thing does seem certain: it will dump potentially historic rainfall amounts.

Liz Browning Fox was planning to ride out the storm nevertheless on the Outer Banks.

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