‘Phenomenal’ 83-foot wave detected in Hurricane Florence

13 September, 2018, 11:12 | Author: Carmen Reese
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"Continued development along the East and Gulf coasts of the United States is likely to increase hurricane damage simply by increasing the amount of property that is exposed to damage", a 2016 Congressional Budget Office report said.

Landfall is expected near or just south of the North Carolina/South Carolina border and the storm is forecast to move southwest, which would be over the Myrtle Beach area, according to the Wednesday afternoon National Hurricane Center forecast.

"There's never been a storm like Florence". Stormhunters Jaclyn Whittal and Mark Robinson will be LIVE in the Carolinas with the latest.

After the storm hits the Carolinas, it is then forecast to threaten parts of Tennessee, Georgia, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, and Pennsylvania with heavy rains and inland flooding, CNN reported.

Hurricane Florence seen from the International Space Station.

Florence exploded into a potentially catastrophic hurricane Monday as it closed in on North and SC, carrying winds up to 140 miles per hour (220 kph) and water that could wreak havoc over a wide stretch of the eastern United States later this week.

The Miami-based NHC stressed, however, that while a slow weakening is expected over the next 24 hours "Florence is still forecast to be an extremely risky major hurricane when it nears the U.S. coast late Thursday and Friday".

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The hurricane centre is forecasting the storm to hover near the coast Saturday with winds of around 130 km/h before landfall, but with rainfall in the 50 to 75 centimetre range and almost four metres of storm surge.

According to CNN, more than 1 million people have been told to evacuate coastal areas of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Duke Energy, the nation's No. 2 power company, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its four million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks.

At 8:00 pm (0000 GMT), the eye of the storm was 335 miles (540 kms) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving northwest at 16 mph (26 kph).

With the change in the forecast, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal issued an emergency declaration for the entire state to ease regulations on trucks hauling gasoline and relief supplies, and asked people to pray for those in Florence's path.

Forecasts showed the storm lingering near the coast of the Carolinas, carrying days of heavy rains that could bring intense inland flooding from SC to Virginia.

"We could cover several states easily with the cloud cover alone", Graham said.

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