Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Hurricane Florence begins battering the Carolinas

Hurricane Florence begins battering the Carolinas

From 1963 to 2012, 49 percent of USA hurricane deaths were from storm surge, 27 percent from rain, 8 percent from wind, 6 percent from surf, 6 percent were offshore and 3 percent from tornadoes, according to a National Hurricane Center study.

"So if there if a storm surge of ten feet at high tide which is plus two feet above the North Carolina sea level so the storm surge would mean that you will be at twelve feet and then the waves would be in addition to that", says Young. They also have three dogs and three parrots. He said that the hurricane could only be captured on a super-wide lens, even from 400 kilometres up. Anyone in an evacuation zone in the Carolinas and Virginia must leave NOW if they haven't yet.

"We lost power at home so we figured we should come to the bar", said Carla Mahaffee, a 33-year-old actor from Wilmington, as she drank a cider.

Her neighbors gave her the key to their house, which is two stories and might be safer from flooding, she said.

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

"While we expect an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 40 inches of rain, extensive inland flooding and storm surge flooding from Florence, Hurricane Harvey unleashed more than 60 inches of rain locally centered around the United States' fourth largest city, Houston, which has a population of 2.3 million", AccuWeather Founder and President Dr. Joel N. Myers said.

Wednesday, keen-eyed WFMY staffers noticed there were dozens of Facebook events with ill-advised but hilarious ways to beat the storm, from suggesting we yell "Fake News!" at the hurricane to playing our saxophones in that general direction.

Much of the North Carolina Outer Banks and mainland areas adjacent to Pamlico Sound, Albemarle Sound and Onslow Bay, North Carolina, will be especially hit hard by storm surge, high winds and torrential rain.

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A storm surge of more than nine feet is expected to be caused from the hurricane, covering cars, street signs and homes. Friday, the hurricane was about 5 miles (55 km) east of Wilmington and was crawling at 6 mph (9 kmh).

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Trinidadians in the Carolinas prepare for Hurricane Florence
Cooper said 108 shelters are open across the state, with more than 7,000 people already staying at them, as of Thursday afternoon. Boarding up his home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina , Chris Pennington watched the forecasts and tried to decide when to leave.

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door-to-door to pull people out of the Triangle Motor Inn after the structure began to crumble and the roof started to collapse.

His bustling pizza restaurant is one of the few businesses open in the evacuated town.

Over 1,400 flights have been cancelled, according to FlightAware.com, as most of the coastal region's airports are closed to ride out the storm.

It said the additional declaration would bring more federal help with debris removal, search and rescue teams, meals and generators, among other items. He said he has been through this many times in his 15 years in the Myrtle Beach area and that "nothing is going to happen".

Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Maryland have declared states of emergency.

Florence is one of four named storms in the Atlantic.

But forecasters have warned that the widening storm - and its likelihood of lingering around the coast day after day - will bring seawater surging onto land and torrential downpours. Hurricane Helene is veering toward Ireland and Great Britain. Weather forecasts estimate that the Category 2 storm could dump 17 trillion gallons of rain on the East Coast.

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