Hurricane Florence Zeroes In On Carolinas, Bringing 130 MPH Winds

Minnie NorrisSep 13, 2018

A search-and-rescue team is being deployed by FEMA from Montgomery County in Maryland to help in SC as the area braces for Hurricane Florence. "These enormous waves are produced by being trapped along with very strong winds moving in the same direction [as] the storm's motion".

Emergency officials in the US state of North Carolina are warning people to finish their preparations for Hurricane Florence on Wednesday before the storm arrives with life-threatening rainfall, storm surge and wind.

"This is a horrific nightmare storm from a meteorological perspective", University of Georgia meteorology professor Marshall Shepherd said. In Virginia, officials have evacuated one state prison, though local jails in the affected area are planning to keep inmates in place after stockpiling food and fuel, the Virginian-Pilot reports. Rather than pushing up toward western Virginia, the storm's center is now predicted to move across the middle of SC.

Florence is now been downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane, is expected to make landfall in the US, Thursday as an "extremely dangerous" hurricane according to the National Hurricane Center. It's possible that a storm surge between one and three feet may impact coastal Chesapeake Bay areas.

He warned people in surrounding areas to "remain vigilant" and expect flash floods at the start of next week.

North Carolina resident Roberto Guzman carries belongings from his mobile home as he leaves Wilmington a day before the storm is due to strike. "We go through a lot of these hurricane scares throughout the years", Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said. I believe in preparation, ' Wright said.

The storm will slow down because of pushback from a trough - an extended area of low atmospheric pressure - now over Texas, Stacy Stewart, an NHC senior hurricane specialist, said in the update.

"But despite that, bad things can happen when you are talking about a storm this size", he added.

Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for the state of Georgia: "in light of the storm's forecasted southward track after making landfall".

German astronaut Alexander Gerst posted photos of the massive hurricane, which is now a category four storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, online from space.

Cooper, the governor of neighboring North Carolina, ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination, and parts of coastal Dare County.

Many residents appear to have evacuated, but others say they will ride it out. The Category 4 storm is likely to produce "catastrophic" flooding in the eastern Carolinas, as well as destructive winds. The Virginia National Guard is planning to initially bring up to 1,500 soldiers and airmen to offer help in the state's response operations.

"I told the President that South Carolinians appreciate his friendship, dedication, and concern".

Florence is being trailed in the Atlantic by two other storms - Hurricane Helene and Tropical Storm Isaac.

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