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

Satellite view of unsafe Hurricane Florence at sunrise

Satellite view of unsafe Hurricane Florence at sunrise

Monster waves crashing ashore.

Residents of the Isle of Palms, South Carolina, fill sand bags at the Isle of Palms municipal lot where the city was giving away free sand in preparation for Hurricane Florence. Schools in 26 of the state's 46 counties were ordered closed from Tuesday. "We can come back and fix things".

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster ordered as many as one million coastal residents to leave their homes ahead of the storm's projected arrival on Thursday. It added that the hurricane should approach the United States coast by Thursday.

"In a highly exposed building, 130 miles per hour is more than enough to knock the roof off of a poorly designed building", Rogers said.

"The coal-ash sites are very vulnerable to this hurricane and any other", said Frank Holleman, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center.

The clouds within the red square are the outer bands of Hurricane Helene.

"The (building) codes for that are marginal", Rogers said.

Meteorologists say they are expecting rainfall from Hurricane Florence to measure in feet, not inches.

North Carolina governor Roy Cooper said his state was "in the bullseye" of the storm and urged people to "get ready now".

Florence is expected to be an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday night. "It's more like a (Hurricane) Harvey situation, where it'll just slowly wind down".

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"It could be a long time before power is restored", Collins said. So the land can't absorb much more water. "We wish UNC the best of luck through this storm and for the rest of the year".

Rogers said the flooding will be similar to the extensive inundation experienced during Hurricane Floyd in 1999. "With time, the wind pushes the water into every nook and cranny you can think of", Graham said. "It is going to be ... a long-term recovery", Byard said.

A ideal storm of unfortunate circumstances means Florence could deal a devastating blow to the Southeast. We had the hurricane in 2016 and now this.

"There was a major shift in architectural choices in foundation design", he said.

Large breaking waves of 15 to 20 feet or greater are expected along the coast, resulting in significant beach erosion and ocean overwash Thursday through Friday night, the center said.

In North Carolina, the Tar Heels were set to play their first home game in Chapel Hill after two road losses.

Although as of yesterday afternoon Hurricane Florence was a Category 3 hurricane, models and forecasts predict that it will intensify into a Category 4 hurricane. Even scarier: It could get more intense as it gets closer to the Carolinas. "For those that want to tempt Mother Nature, I understand but I counsel strongly against that. That, folks, is extremely life-threatening".

White and Collins each had warnings for those who choose to stay.

"Interests in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic states should monitor the progress of Florence". That means high rainfall totals and consequent inland flooding could become a huge concern.

"I don't think many of us have ever been through a Category 4".

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