Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Hurricane Florence downgraded to Category 2, still considered risky

The storm strengthened from 130 mph to 140 mph and is Category 4 the NHC said The storm strengthened from 130 mph to 140 mph and is Category 4 the NHC said
Grady Vargas | 13 September, 2018, 16:27

Winds from the east have been causing coastal flooding this week along the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, with high tides as much as 2 feet above normal in Anne Arundel, Calvert and St. Mary's counties. "This is a storm that is historic, maybe once in a lifetime".

The hurricane is expected to weaken into a tropical depression as it continues westward into SC and Georgia.

Time is running short to get out of the way of Hurricane Florence, a monster of a storm that has a region of more than 10 million people in its potentially devastating sights as it zeroes in on the Southeastern coast.

The eastbound lanes of several major highways have been shut down to allow for a smooth flow of traffic inland.

"We hope to have something left when we get home", she said. Similar declarations were made earlier in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Early Wednesday afternoon in North Carolina, the storm was centered 700 kilometers (435 miles) off the coast, moving at 26 kph (16 mph) towards the U.S. coastline. The National Hurricane Center is calling for 20 to 30 inches (50 to 75 centimeters) of rain in North Carolina, with spots up to 40 inches (100 centimeters).

President Donald Trump both touted the governments readiness and urged people to get out of the way.

"The larger and slower the storm is, the greater the threat and impact, and we have that here", NHC Director Ken Graham said on Thursday.

We only need to remember that tropical storm Irene was not a hurricane when it created tremendous damage to homes and covered bridges in Vermont in 2011. "With the storm expected to linger, power restoration work could take weeks instead of days". 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. And there will be flooding in the inland areas as well. "This is not going to be a glancing blow", Byard explained. This storm is going to be a direct hit.

All eyes are on Hurricane Florence as it barrels towards the Carolinas.

Wilmington, North Carolina, just north of where the hurricane is expected to come ashore, was sunny around midday yesterday as the town appeared to be emptying.

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In another post, the astronaut marveled at Florence's size - reportedly 500 miles across - writing that the storm "is so enormous, we could only capture her with a super wide angle lens".

The governor wants to avoid a repeat of Hurricane Matthew two years ago, which killed 26 North Carolinians. "The issue most closely monitored right now is the supply chain".

"But I'm staying", she said.

"We have a duty to everybody here in the city and we take that very seriously", Vest said. "I'll be living there for a few days".

Another commenter said: 'That hurricane better be taking me to dinner first'.

"Even though it's down in South and North Carolina, it is a big storm and the track is ever-changing".

Steady streams of vehicles full of people and belongings flowed inland Tuesday as North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper tried to convince everyone on North Carolina's coast to flee.

In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate.

Fort AP Hill and Fort Bragg were selected as FEMA Incident Support and Federal Staging Area to assist in the response, the army said. "But it's moving at a steady clip and baring down on some pretty vulnerable parts of North Carolina".

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

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