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

See Hurricane Florence make landfall on this offshore live cam

See Hurricane Florence make landfall on this offshore live cam

Fraudsters posing as government workers on Tuesday forced people to leave their homes and businesses in Virginia as Hurricane Florence inched closer to the USA east coast.

"This will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast, and that's saying a lot given the impacts we've seen from Hurricanes Diana, Hugo, Fran, Bonnie, Floyd and Matthew", it said.

Florence, now a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (209 km/h), was previously expected to travel north, up the North Carolina coast, after making landfall, according to the statement.

In addition to inundating the coast with wind-driven storm surges of seawater as high as 9 feet along the Carolina coast, Florence could dump 20 to 30 inches of rain, with up to 40 inches in parts of North Carolina, the NHC said. Flash floods will be a major problem for some areas, and the overall flooding could be catastrophic.

As Hurricane Florence enters warmer coastal waters, it's possible that it could gain strength (warm water is the fuel of hurricanes), but it's still not clear whether it will push up to a Category 3 storm.

The first large power outage in the Wilmington area also occurred Thursday morning, with the Duke outage map showing almost 1,400 customers in the Acme-Delco area of Columbus County and northwest Brunswick County without power.

Cooper and his SC counterpart, Henry McMaster, told the more than 1 million people who have been told to leave that if they don't, they are on their own.

As of 11 a.m. EDT, Florence was centered about 145 miles (230 kilometers) southeast of Wilmington, its forward movement slowed to 10 mph (17 kph).

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Heavy rains were forecast to extend into the Appalachians, affecting parts of Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia . Officials are warning that the hurricane could become a multiday event as it slows down before making landfall.

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States up and down the East Coast have a great potential for severe weather. It is an extremely risky, life-threatening, historic hurricane, ' North Carolina governor Roy Cooper said.

The storm will be a test of President Donald Trump's administration less than two months before elections to determine control of Congress.

Hurricane-like conditions are expected to arrive in the areas covered by warnings by Thursday night or early Friday.

As of Thursday morning, forecast models showed the storm bringing more rain than originally thought - officials now predict 35 inches of rain will fall in a two-day period as Florence, now a Category 2 storm with 110 miles per hour sustained winds, will stall over Wilmington after making landfall early Friday morning. A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for Edisto Beach South Carolina to South Santee River, South Carolina and north of Duck, North Carolina to the North Carolina/Virginia border.

A storm surge warning has been issued from South Santee River, SC, to Duck, NC, and the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency warned that storm surge watches and warnings are in effect Wednesday for the entire North Carolina coast and parts of SC. Storm surge of 13 feet on top of a high tide at 7 feet could overwhelm Carolina Beach.

Florence is now a strong Category 2 storm. The Charleston area is under a storm surge watch.

Olivia is the first tropical cyclone to make landfall on Maui in modern history, National Weather Service forecasters said. "When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths".

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