Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Hurricane Florence lashes USA east coast, triggers flood warnings

Hurricane Florence lashes USA east coast, triggers flood warnings

And that's just the prelude to untold days of misery. "Catastrophic effects will be felt".

But North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned: "Don't relax, don't get complacent".

And don't be fooled by the fact that Florence has weakened slightly to a strong Category 2 hurricane. "If you are heading out, be careful", said WRAL Brian Shrader. "Given the rarity of the magnitude of #Florence's storm surge forecast, it can be hard to grasp what that might look like or the impacts it could have on your community", the NHC said.

"It can not be emphasized enough that the most serious hazard associated with slow-moving Florence is extremely heavy rainfall, which will cause disastrous flooding that will be spreading inland through the weekend", the National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. update. That's enough to fill more than 15 million Olympic-size swimming pools. Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles (130 kilometres) from its centre, and tropical-storm-force winds reached out 195 miles (315 kilometres). So will the trees.

Potential losses: private meteorologists estimate $10 billion to $60 billion in economic damages. Tropical-storm-force winds are between 39 and 73 miles per hour.

Frustrated after evacuating his beach home for a storm that was later downgraded, retired nurse Frederick Fisher grumbled in the lobby of a Wilmington hotel several miles inland. Florence's center will approach the North and SC coasts late Thursday and Friday.

Being such a small number, first responders have made clear to them the situation when the storm makes its expected complete landfall by 8 a.m. Friday morning.

"A storm surge warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline". For a depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at hurricanes.gov.

"The sun rose this morning on an extremely unsafe situation and it's going to get worse", he said at a news conference in Raleigh. "Don't plan to leave once the winds and rains start".

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Since issuing a mandatory evacuation order Wednesday, nearly all of the more than 2500 residents left the island.

"Even the rescuers can not stay there", he said. They also instituted a 24-hour curfew.

The entire town of Carolina Beach is just five feet above sea level, which will be no match for the expected storm surge of 13 feet or more.

A buoy off the North Carolina coast recorded waves almost 30 feet (9 meters) high as Florence churned toward shore.

Rescue workers in North Carolina meanwhile were scrambling to save people stranded in their homes. She packed up what she could and took a ferry.

He said there are about 7,000 United States military forces now in place and ready to respond to the storm - along with ships, helicopters and high-wheeled vehicles.

Virginia remains under a state of emergency. The images here were all taken by astronaut Alexander Gerst on September 12. "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU".

Florence is one of four named storms in the Atlantic.

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