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

Hurricane Isaac tracker: Barrelling storm brings storm-force winds to Leeward Islands

Hurricane Isaac tracker: Barrelling storm brings storm-force winds to Leeward Islands

As the storm continues toward Southeastern North Carolina, it will bring life-threatening storm surges, flooding and unsafe waves to the coast, the briefing said. That makes sense since the category of a storm is generally determined by its maximum sustained winds; but, researchers have found, the vast majority of deaths (nearly 90%) from hurricanes, tropical storms, or tropical depressions between 1963 and 2012 were attributable to "storm surge, rainfall flooding, high surf, and deaths just offshore".

Winds were already picking up along the coastline on Thursday morning and Myrtle Beach was virtually deserted with empty streets, boarded up storefronts and very little traffic.

"I said, 'Why get on the road like this?"

"I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Florence", Deal said.

Florence, now a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (209 km/h), was previously expected to travel north, up the North Carolina coast, after making landfall, according to the statement.

After Florence makes landfall, that ridge, now over Washington and NY, will move east - but be replaced by another one forming over the Great Lakes that will likely keep the storm stuck, McNoldy said. Showers and blustery conditions are likely Friday and Saturday.

Weather and emergency officials are warning people in Florence's path not to interpret maps showing the location of the storm's center, or reports that it is losing top wind strength, as signs that they should relax. The storm is huge, the National Hurricane Center says, and its worst effects will reach "a large area regardless of exactly where the center of Florence moves".

"Your time is running out", he said.

Long said the danger was not only along the coast.

A hurricane can kill you in a lot of different ways.

Waves crash underneath the Oceana Pier as the outer bands of Hurricane Florence begin to affect the coast on Thursday in Atlantic Beach N.C. Coastal cities in North Carolina South Carolina and Virginia are under evacuation orders as the Category 2 hurri
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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.

In South Carolina, governor Henry McMaster said more than 300,000 people had fled the storm, urging residents living in low-lying areas to evacuate, even if they are not in a mandatory evacuation zone.

Hurricane Florence has officially hit the North Carolina coast, according to an 8 p.m. briefing by the National Hurricane Center.

On the Outer Banks, some people are preparing to ride out the storm, despite an evacuation order.

Tropical storm force winds are thought to be just hours away from making landfall in North Carolina. Only one storm scared them enough to leave the island.

"Everyone is safe and they have a great facility to set up operations", the district said on Facebook. "The infrastructure is going to break, the power is going to go out".

Mayor Joe Benson said the storm will batter the oceanside town through two high-tide periods.

"That is a concern our team of meteorologists has - if it stalls and how much rain could possibly fall within a certain period of time", says Feinstein, adding concerns that there could be "massive flooding of runways and other infrastructure".

"The shelters are not taking dogs", Ramirez said. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

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