Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

How Hurricane Florence Will Affect Your Flights This Week

How Hurricane Florence Will Affect Your Flights This Week

The Category 4 storm has winds of up to 140mph and is expected to be the worst storm on the east coast states in decades. Governors in North and SC have declared states of emergency, and President Donald Trump has authorized federal funding and resources to assist with preparation for the storm. Seven-day rainfall totals are forecast to reach 10 to 20in over much of North Carolina and Virginia, and even 30in in some places.

It isn't that Florence's winds aren't a big deal - they are likely to be extremely risky and produce deadly flying debris - but there's going to be a potentially historic amount of rainfall inland and powerful storm surge along the coast.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Florence would cause massive damage.

"We decided that we were not going to do that again, and so we were actually lucky this time to get all of the emergency contacts" to pick up the dogs that were in their care, she said.

President Donald Trump on September 11 declared states of emergency for North and SC, to open avenues for federal aid.

Winds: Florence is now a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour. While it may or may not officially become a Category 5 storm, it will still be a major Hurricane at landfall.

The hurricane could inundate low-lying islands off the coast of North Carolina, like the Outer Banks and other barrier islands, according to the NHC.

As of the 5am update from the National Hurricane Center, Florence is still a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour and gusts 160-170 miles per hour.

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He cited forecasts showing Florence was likely to stall over North Carolina, "bringing days and days of rain".

Governors in all three states have issued orders to evacuate for residents in certain areas as the storm approaches. "I'm also concerned for people inland who may think they will not be impacted by this event".

In Charleston, South Carolina, some residents were making preparations to leave Tuesday while others planned to ride out the storm.

Flash flooding and river flooding is also expected in these regions.

The impending storm, which Trump has warned about on Twitter, forced the president to cancel two campaign rallies this week: one in MS and one in Missouri.

"If you ask a Guardsman, 'Why did you join the Guard, ?' they will tell you, 'This is why I do this, for my community", said McCarty. Tropical Storm Isaac was east of the Lesser Antilles and expected to pass south of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Cuba, while Hurricane Helene was moving northward away from land.

The storm boasts sustained winds of almost 130 miles per hour with gusts even higher, the National Weather Service reported Tuesday morning.

Florence has forced people to cut their holidays short along the coast, while the storm's projected path includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and numerous pig farms that store animal waste in huge lagoons.

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