Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Hurricane Florence: Carolinas brace for 'storm of lifetime'

Hurricane Florence: Carolinas brace for 'storm of lifetime'

The wide storm has weakened to a Category 2 hurricane and forecasters expect top winds to drop more as it nears the shore, but they're sharing a giant dose of uncertainty.

"This will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast", the National Weather Service in Wilmington, North Carolina, wrote in its Tuesday evening area forecast discussion, adding in a Wednesday report that flooding in southeast North Carolina and northeast SC could be "unprecedented". Florence is now at the weakest of five categories on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm approached, and more than 12,000 were in shelters.

"The worst of the storm is not yet here but these are early warnings of the days to come", he said.

Screaming winds bent trees and raindrops flew sideways as Florence's leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday. Projections as of 5:00am EST on September 13, 2018.

He said hurricane-force winds extend outward 80 miles from the centre of the storm and tropical storm-force winds extend almost 200 miles out. Like a giant hair dryer, these winds push seawater into low-lying marshland and delta areas.

Hurricane Florence is now hurtling toward North and SC and is forecast to bring unprecedented rainfall.

In a display of the early effects of the storm, one flood gauge on the Neuse River in New Bern, North Carolina, showed three meters of flooding, the NHC said. Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said. That makes it hard to project how the region will ultimately be affected.

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm and more than 1 million had been ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia, jamming westbound roads and highways for miles. His group, the Office of Water Prediction and Luettich's team are working together to build such models now.

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President Trump has declared an emergency in the three states and says the government is " as ready as anybody has ever been ". It had been projected to shift north after making landfall. "Disaster is at the doorstep and is coming in", Cooper said.

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The storm surge risk will be highest between Southport and Surf City.

Forecasters are calling Hurricane Florence a "generational storm".

The SCDOT map shows congestion starting one mile north of the Georgia border and continuing to the Mile 34 marker in SC.

Cooper also announced there are 2,800 National Guard troops in different staging areas of North Carolina. "A lot of our storefronts are boarded up", said Lynn Davis, town manager for Belhaven which sits at sea level in northeastern North Carolina. Her team manages 32 wild horses living in the Rachel Carson Reserve near Beaufort, North Carolina.

The expected high winds and slow movement of the hurricane as it comes ashore are likely to make rescue efforts in flooded areas challenging, senior US Defence Department officials say.

The police chief of a barrier island in Florence's bulls'-eye said he was asking for next-of-kin contact information from the few residents who refused to leave.

Authorities pushed back against any suggestion the storm's threat was exaggerated.

"It doesn't matter how much money you have or how many generators you have if you can't get gas", she said.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference, that a "historic storm" would unleash rains and floods that would inundate nearly the entire state.

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