Florence could rival North Carolina’s 1954 ‘benchmark storm’

14 September, 2018, 07:15 | Author: Carmen Reese
  • Hurricane Florence Is Traveling A Similar Path As A 1933 Storm That Got Very, Very Close To D.C.

"The centre of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday, and approach the southeastern coast of the United States on Thursday", the NHC said. On Monday, the storm strengthened to a Category 4 with 130 miles per hour winds.

The National Hurricane Center, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said that Hurricane Florence may lead to a life-threatening storm surge and rainfall.

North and SC and Virginia have already declared states of emergency, and officials have begun evacuations in North Carolina.

The 1st effects were already being seen on barrier islands Monday as unsafe rip currents and seawater flowed over the state highway.

"It's going to be inconvenience but we don't want to risk one South Carolina life in this hurricane", South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said Monday.

- Residents in the southern most parts of SC no longer need to evacuate due to Hurricane Florence.

If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could carry torrential rains up into the Appalachian mountains, causing flash floods, mudslides and other unsafe weather across a wide area.

"This is one of the worst storms to hit the East Coast in many years", US President Donald Trump tweeted Monday evening.

Having grown up in storm-prone Florida, LaRoche said she's careful not to underestimate any hurricane. And Virginia ordered a mandatory evacuation for some residents of low-lying coastal areas.

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A wind pattern that allows a storm to get strong and stay strong. He estimated a million people will be affected by the order, including residents and visitors. That Category 4 storm destroyed 15,000 buildings and killed 19 people in North Carolina.

The governors of Maryland and Virginia have also declared a state of emergency.

"While it is too soon to determine the exact timing, location and magnitude of these impacts, interest at the coast and inland from SC into the mid-Atlantic region should closely monitor the progress of Florence", said a NOAA statement.

Following Hurricane Florence are two more powerful storms crossing the Atlantic, namely Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Helene.

If this is a Category 4 storm, it will be the fourth in history to ever make landfall north of Georgia (Hugo was in 1989, Gracie was in 1959, and Hazel was in 1954). "As we receive more information, we will keep everyone updated".

"I highly encourage people to move out of the county", Brunswick Emergency Management Director Brian Watts said.

NHC warned: "The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of onshore winds, where the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves". "Get ready now", he said.

"That scenario has a high probability of occurring in North Carolina and Virginia and possibly portions of neighboring states in the Southeast, Appalachians and mid-Atlantic late this week and this coming weekend", Sosnowski added.

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