Millions in USA prepare for potentially catastrophic Florence

Audrey Hill
September 12, 2018

Hurricane conditions are possible within the hurricane watch area by Thursday morning, with tropical storm conditions possible early Thursday in both the hurricane and tropical storm watch areas.

Neil Dixon, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston, said the watches will shift throughout the day as Hurricane Florence is tracked.

Gov. Roy Cooper just issued around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday a mandatory state evacuation for the barrier islands of North Carolina ahead of Hurricane Florence.

A forecast from the hurricane center projected that Florence will pick up speed in the coming days.

Connie Binot, who owns the Cuthbert House Inn in Beaufort, S.C., said she will lose a lot of business because of the evacuation order and has no idea when it will be lifted.

The storm "is too powerful and its path is too uncertain to take any chances", South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said in issuing his state's emergency declaration. Interests in the Lesser Antilles should continue to monitor Isaac during the next few days, the NHC said.

It has been a quieter-than-average hurricane season so far, but things are picking up in a big way: three hurricanes are churning in the Atlantic, with Hurricane Florence rapidly approaching the US East Coast.

By 11pm Monday (Tues afternoon NZT), Florence was centered about 1,745 kilometres east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and moving west at 20 km/h.

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NHC Director Ken Graham also warned of "staggering" amounts of rainfall that may extend hundreds of miles inland and cause flash flooding. "We are going to put everything else away and then we are going to put some concrete blocks in front of the doors just so rushing water and wind can't blow the doors back in", said Matthew Littleton with Casper's Marina.

Florence could slam the Carolinas harder than any hurricane since Hazel, which hit in 1954 with 130 miles per hour (209 kph) winds.

"All of the evidence points to an extreme disaster in the making in the mid-East Coast/Carolina region", said Bryan Norcross, a senior hurricane specialist with the Weather Channel.

The NHC said that Isaac is located near latitude 14.6 North, longitude 49.7 West and is moving towards the west near 16 miles per hour. The first shows the probability of tropical storm force winds and the second map shows the probability of hurricane force winds.

WILMINGTON - Hurricane Florence is now a Category 4 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center. Wind will be the second threat.

Areas near where the eye moves inland will likely see catastrophic storm surge and 120-140mph winds.

There is Hurricane Helene and Issac which as of this writing are category 1 and 2 storms.

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