In US beach resort, residents seek shelter from the storm

Hurricane Florence NOAA update

Hurricane Florence NOAA update

Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles (130 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles (315 kilometers). Southeast, is expected to make landfall in the coming hours. It is an enormous storm, and it's moving slowly.

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa said he hoped the effects of the storm would be limited. The surge won't be as bad as it potentially could have been, however, and the winds won't be as strong. "Surge-related flooding can vary greatly over short distances", the advisory said.

Even so, many residents of Myrtle Beach proudly recalled how they had weathered a number of storms in the past and were confident they could ride out Florence too.

Once the rain hits the coast, it will accumulate very quickly, causing some flash flooding and eventually likely overwhelming streams and rivers in the areas that get the most.

And while the millions affected finalize their emergency plans, try to, um, shoot the weather into submission (please don't do this), and hopefully take the official advice to get the hell out of its path, even more have been watching Florence's trajectory and forecast via online tracker sites and apps.

Wilmington, North Carolina, just north of where the hurricane is expected to come ashore, was sunny around midday on Wednesday as the town appeared to be emptying.

"A slow westward to west-southwestward motion is expected Friday night and Saturday".

Amparo did not specify how many modular units were on hand to respond to Hurricane Florence, but said it was "more than 2,000". Its winds could approach Category 5 strength, which means winds of 157mph or higher.

Meteorologists are also keeping an eye on yet another tropical disturbance that's spinning in the western Gulf of Mexico. Again, the category may have been downgraded, but the storm surge could still rise up to 13 feet, which is enough to flood homes up to the first floor ceiling.

"We're a little anxious about the storm surge so we came down to see what the river is doing now", said Linda Smith, 67, a retired nonprofit director. Upon its arrival, the National Hurricane Center projects that Florence could drop anywhere from 20-40 inches of rain along the Carolina coast.

Just as Hurricane Florence closes in on the Southeast, the area covered by hurricane-force winds has doubled - meaning far more people will get blasted with winds 74 miles per hour or greater.

But the biggest danger could be life-threatening storm surges. Overall, the storm is 400 miles wide. "That's the second story of a house", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday morning. "Most of the airports in the storm's path are smaller, coastal airports".

Forecasters anxious the storm's damage will be all the worse if it lingers on the coast.

According to the NHC's forecast discussion at 12 p.m. on September 13: "The subtropical ridge to the northeast and east of Florence is now well-established between Bermuda and the US mid-Atlantic region and extends westward into Virginia and the central Appalachians". Isaac could bring heavy rainfall to Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe.

Duke has said it could take several weeks to fully restore power in areas that are inaccessible due to flooding.

The outer bands of Hurricane Florence have reached Wilmington, with weather officials saying the storm will bring unprecedented rain to the region.

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