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

'Monster' Hurricane Florence aims to drench the Carolinas

'Monster' Hurricane Florence aims to drench the Carolinas

If Hurricane Florence's predicted track holds, it will be the first Category 4 storm to make landfall directly on the North Carolina coast.

Roy Cooper said Wednesday on Fox & Friends that the residents of his state need to obey evacuation orders ahead of Hurricane Florence.

In addition to flooding the coast with wind-driven storm surges of seawater as high as 13 feet (4 m), Florence could drop 15 to 25 inches (38 to 64 cm) of rain, with up to 35 inches (89 cm) in some spots, forecasters said.

In a video message on Wednesday, President Trump said that people shouldn't "play games" with the storm and that the federal government is ready to assist.

The difference between the two groups, prior research has found, is often a difficult-to-forecast process in which the hurricane rapidly strengthens, usually in the presence of highly favourable environmental conditions, such as extra warm seas to considerable depths, lots of available humidity in the air and slack winds around the storm. "This is a storm that is historic, maybe once in a lifetime".

Winds and massive waves will pound coastal North and SC when Florence makes landfall on Friday, and its rains will take a heavy toll for miles inland, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned.

The eastbound lanes of several major highways have been shut down to allow for a smooth flow of traffic inland.

With winds now at 140 miles per hour (225 km per hour), the storm was a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale and expected to get bigger and stronger, the NHC said.

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

Approximately 2,000 South Carolina National Guard Soldiers and Airmen were activated and are now emplaced throughout the Palmetto state September 11, 2018 in preparation for landfall of Hurricane Florence.

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Despite uncertainty of the impact Hurricane Florence might have on Howard County, officials are preparing for the worst. President Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid.

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Needham said the size of the storm will also play a big role.

"The power will be off for weeks", Long said.

The flooding of such hog lagoons and industrial sites could create a combination of waste that might wash into homes and threaten drinking water supplies.

Duke Energy did not respond to requests for information about specific changes made at Brunswick, other than to say emergency generators and pumps will remove stormwater at the plant if it floods. The storm, as of Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. EDT, has sustained maximum winds of 130 miles per hour, keeping it as a Category 4, and is still expected to be a major hurricane when it hits land. The litany of weather models vary in where they take the storm, with some going west-southwest and others going northwest.

Hurricane Florence may be the strongest storm ever to make landfall north of Florida if predictions hold.

Taking dead aim at the Carolinas, Storm Florence is likely to bring "life-threatening, catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding" when it sweeps in on Thursday and Friday, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said an estimated 1 million people would be fleeing his state's coast, with eastbound Interstate 26 heading into Charleston and USA 501 heading into Myrtle Beach reversed to ease the exodus.

In Charleston, South Carolina, some residents were making preparations to leave Tuesday while others planned to ride out the storm. She grew up on the island chain, and says this will be only the second time she's evacuated. Roberts said he's telling them to get out of town.

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