Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Hurricane Florence likely to track over South Carolina, Cause Rain in Triad

Hurricane Florence likely to track over South Carolina, Cause Rain in Triad

Florence's nighttime winds were down to 110 miles per hour (175 kph) from a high of 140 miles per hour (225 kph), and the Category 3 storm fell to a Category 2, with a further slow weakening expected as the storm nears the coast.

The center of Florence, a Category 2 hurricane, will approach the coasts of North and SC on Thursday, the NHC said, adding that it was expected to weaken after it moved inland.

"Today is the time to get your preparedness actions complete", he said. Spokesman Howard Fowler said restoration could take "weeks instead of days", even though 20,000 workers, including crews from outside the area, were standing by. It may move a little north into Virginia or a little south into SC.

The storm will stay over this area of the United States through the weekend with North Carolina cities Wilmington and Jacksonville expected to receive up to 130 centimetres of rain.

Florence's predicted pause and slow southward turn off North Carolina on Friday means some coastal areas will get damaging hurricane-force winds for more than 24 hours.

Amazing, yet terrifying video from a plane flying into the eye of Hurricane Florence, takes a look inside the Category 4 storm that's barreling towards the US East Coast.

The "Hurricane Hunter" is specially equipped and operated by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to fly through storms to collect data, playing a major role in hurricane forecasting.

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As it turns into southern SC . "It is an extremely, dangerous, life-threatening, historic hurricane", said North Carolina Gov. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster on Monday ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents.

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It is expected to make landfall this evening and wind destruction and flooding is highly likely.

"This is not going to be a glancing blow", Byard said, warning of power outages, road closures, infrastructure damage and potential loss of life.

SC authorities have turned four motorways into one-way routes away from the coast to speed the exodus.

Quick on Florence's heels, two more powerful storms are crossing the Atlantic, tracked by NASA satellites: Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Helene.

Emerald Isle, N.C. webcam A webcam looking at Bogue Inlet on Emerald Isle, part of the Outer Banks chain of islands on the coast of North Carolina.

Another view from astronaut Alexander Gerst of the eye of Hurricane Florence, posted to Twitter on September 12, 2018.

Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over warm ocean waters and move toward land. Shelters in the city were filling and some people were being bused inland to Raleigh, even though some residents there were told they might have to evacuate because of flooding. "But no matter how bad it's going to be, it will pass and our job will be to rebuild this community together".

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