Tropical storm-force winds from Florence spread over North Carolina coast

Hurricane Florence is expected to grow in intensity

Hurricane Florence is expected to grow in intensity

Gov. Henry McMaster told reporters Thursday that up to 7 inches of rain in the state's northwestern mountains could mean landslides and risky conditions.

Computer models of exactly what the storm might do varied, adding to the uncertainty.

Normally when we talk about the potential for hurricane damage, we talk about the impact of storm surges and high winds - both of which are, to be sure, incredibly unsafe in their own right. "There are approximately 800 line workers and tree personnel actively engaged in storm response preparations". It is expected to hit the coast with winds of 100 miles per hour on Friday, according to the latest U.S. National Hurricane Center report. The Saffir-Simpson scale that meteorologists use to measure hurricanes reflects only the wind speeds involved in the storm, and right now Hurricane Florence's winds are hovering at maximum speeds of about 110 miles per hour (175 km/h).

Wind and rain from Florence have already started impacting the coastal areas of the Carolinas, and NOAA's reporting station at Cape Lookout North Carolina just reported a sustained wind of 60mph and a gust to 79mph.

You can also review the South Carolina Emergency Management Division's checklist for preparation. Meteorologist Greg Diamond has noted that areas along the coast of North Carolina on the right side of the storm could experience a significant storm surge through multiple high tide cycles, which would have a cumulative battering effect.

With Hurricane Florence set to wallop the area as a Category 4 hurricane, there are fears the ponds could overflow or even collapse amid extremely heavy rain, sending vast amounts of manure from thousands of farms into rivers and contaminating groundwater. This includes Wilmington. A hurricane watch extends into the Charleston area.

National Guard soldiers from the state, North Carolina and Virginia are mobilizing to prepare for hurricane recovery efforts.

As a result, state projections for future sea level rise are more modest than the mainstream. Some 3,000 people died in the aftermath of that storm.

Forecast models predict Florence's center may slow to a crawl just off North Carolina early Friday and make a southwesterly turn - punishing the coast while moving perhaps only 2 to 3 miles per hour. It warned of likely "structural damage to buildings. with several potentially washing away", "flooded or washed-out coastal roads" and "major damage to marinas". The heaviest rainfall is still expected in South and North Carolina, with upwards of 30 inches of rainfall possible in some locations. But because the storm was so large it produced a destructive storm surge in New York City, and caused an estimated $65 billion in damage in the United States. Parts of North Carolina could get 40 inches (1 meter) of rain.

"Floodwaters may enter numerous structures, and some may become uninhabitable or washed away", the Weather Service warned.

Cooper and his SC counterpart, Henry McMaster, told the more than 1 million people who have been directed to leave that if they don't do so, they are on their own. The track also shifted somewhat south and west, throwing Georgia into peril as Florence moves inland. The actual landfall - when the center of the eye reaches land - will be Friday afternoon at the earliest, said Neil Jacobs of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Then it dropped to an extratropical cyclone - but with hurricane-force winds akin to a low Category 1 hurricane - before making landfall in New Jersey. They also have three dogs and three parrots.

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