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

Hurricane Florence: Expert issues DEATH warning to residents refusing to leave

Hurricane Florence: Expert issues DEATH warning to residents refusing to leave

Enough rain could fall to break North Carolina's record for a tropical storm - 24 inches - set near Wilmington during Hurricane Floyd in 1999, said Greg Carbin, chief of forecast operations at the Weather Service's national prediction center.

Water levels continue to rise in eastern North Carolina, flooding New Bern and the Neuse River as winds furiously push water westward across Pamlico Sound.

Roads and intersections on North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier islands were already inundated with water. Sand dunes gone storm surge 4' into house knocking down walls first floor.

The National Hurricane Centre said it was expected to keep drawing energy from the warm water and intensify to near Category 5, which means winds of 157 miles per hour or higher.

"I'm not going to lie: I'm scared", she said.

Undeniably enormous, and frightfully powerful, the storm has captured the imagination of astronauts watching over it from orbit.

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President Donald Trump has insisted that the government is "absolutely, totally prepared" for the arrival of the hurricane. "You can't stop Mother Nature".

Private meteorologist Ryan Maue of Weathermodels.com in an email called the overnight European computer simulation "another model run for the ages". That's enough water to fill the Empire State Building almost 40,000 times.

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About 1.7 million residents across the states' coastlines are under mandatory evacuation orders, and tens of thousands of hospital patients and prison inmates have been moved out of Florence's path. On Thursday morning, she sat on her front porch, a pack of cigarettes on the table next to her. Hardin moved there three years ago, only to have her home destroyed by the flooding caused by Matthew a year later.

"Hurricane Sandy did a tremendous amount of damage", Kourounis said.

"It doesn't matter how much money you have or how many generators you have if you can't get gas", she said. Even if you've ridden out storms before, this one is different.

Though the Waffle House may be open now, it's unlikely that will be the case in the days to come. "Near-total power loss is expected with outages that could last from several days to weeks". Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said.

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.

Air Force General Terrence J O'Shaughnessy, head of US Command, said search and rescue is a top priority but that the magnitude of the storm may exceed the ability of rescuers.

A few of the high-resolution images show the towering walls of the eye of the storm where things are ever so much calmer than they are near the wall of the eye.

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

"I've never been one to leave for a storm but this one kind of had me spooked", Epperson said. And yet Florence's eye is still well out to sea.

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