Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

'Monster' storm Florence: What you need to know

The storm has slowed considerably and was moving at 5 miles per hour toward the Port City.

Surges up to 4 meters could inundate Cape Fear, North Carolina to Cape Lookout, North Carolina, with smaller surges ranging from half a meter to 3 meters in coastal areas from Edisto Beach, South Carolina to coastal areas extending north into North Carolina. "Highly saturated grounds and heavy rainfall or high winds could cause significant damage". So we could have two landfalls - one around Wilmington and then one near Myrtle Beach or even south of there.

While such preparations were no longer warranted in Maryland, emergency officials still went through the motions of storm readiness. The National Weather Service said about 5.25 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches, and 4.9 million in places covered by tropical storm warnings or watches.

The National Hurricane Centre said it was expected to keep drawing energy from the warm water and intensify to near Category 5, which means winds of 157 miles per hour or higher.

CBS New York chief weathercaster Lonnie Quinn reports the worst part of the storm is the front right quadrant because you get the highest winds and the storm pushes that water onto the shore.

The biggest surge should occur just to the north of where the eye of the storm comes ashore, which the Hurricane Center projects in southeastern North Carolina. Vanotteren and his friend Bailey Gaddis said the waves have gotten bigger and better every evening as the storm approaches. Hurricane Florence deserves all the names it's being called as it threatens to cause historic flooding, blow catastrophic winds and idle for days over the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic. It caused 117 fatalities and cost the USA $17 billion.

"Hurricane Sandy did a tremendous amount of damage", Kourounis said. "Even though [Florence] has weakened, it is no less risky than it was yesterday". "Don't plan to leave once the winds and rains start".

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Hurricane Florence has officially hit the North Carolina coast, according to an 8 p.m. briefing by the National Hurricane Center . Tropical storm force winds are thought to be just hours away from making landfall in North Carolina.

Jeff Byard of the Federal Emergency Management Agency invoked a former boxing champion to warn residents that Florence would bring "a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast". South Carolina's state capital Columbia is at only 89m (292ft).

New Hanover County officials said Thursday morning that it could accept more residents seeking shelter at Trask Middle School, Eaton Elementary School, Codington Elementary School, the Johnson Pre-K Center and Noble Middle School. "FEMA actually uses the Waffle House index".

Though the Waffle House may be open now, it's unlikely that will be the case in the days to come. Millions of people are expected to lose power and it could take weeks to resolve the outages. The area will suffer far beyond the immediate effects expected.

Once it makes landfall Friday, Florence is expected to stall, drenching the region with 20 to 30 inches and as much as 40 inches in isolated areas. Toronto saw widespread flooding twice this year when 50 mm of rain dropped in a few minutes. "It's something we haven't seen. ever". And it's more than the Calgary floods of 2013.

A clip from the Weather Channel has gotten a lot of attention today for the way the channel is informing viewers about the dangers of storm surge as Hurricane Florence hits. It's a game of wait and see.

The storm's forward motion has slowed 11km/h since Wednesday (local time), which was predicted as the storm nears the coast.

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