Hurricane Florence: Residents told to 'heed the warnings'

by Edgar Hayes September 13, 2018, 2:14
Hurricane Florence: Residents told to 'heed the warnings'

Even from a distance, Florence is expected to bring more sustained easterly winds to the region.

"But it's possible the eye of Hurricane Florence will take a slight right turn to the south on Friday as it makes its way over eastern North Carolina, which could send a lot more rain to the Charleston area, according to Neil Dixon of the National Weather Service in Charleston".

The hurricane center's projected track previously had Florence charging into the North Carolina coast on Friday.

"It is imperative that everyone follow local evacuation orders", President Trump tweeted Wednesday, along with a satellite video of the mammoth storm swirling through the Atlantic. "It wants to get stronger", he said of the storm.

CoreLogic estiimates that Florence could damage more than 750,000 homes and businesses along the East Coast, with potential reconstruction costs of $170 billion. Rain and wind will linger into the weekend and we could even see showers carry into the start of the work week. It could stall just off the coast and then drift south along the SC coast and possibly make a landfall as a weaker system if it doesn't make it clearly over the coast of North Carolina.

Florence is now churning through the Atlantic, only a few hundred miles off the coast of Wilmington, N.C.

In addition to wind-driven storm surges of seawater, Florence could dump up to 35 inches (89 cm) in some spots as it moves inland, forecasters said.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the storms peak winds have decreased.

"This would be expected frankly for the safety of the workers", said North Carolina Pork Council chief executive Andy Curliss.

The hurricane is gaining pace as it heads for the Carolinas, where 1.7million people have been told to evacuate.

On Tuesday evening, the National Hurricane Center issues storm surge warnings for the areas around the Outer Banks in North Carolina and the South Santee River in SC.

Strong, sustained winds could reach 30 to 50 miles per hour with gusts over 60 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

Sharp said weather conditions will deteriorate as we go through the day on Thursday with rain, a little wind and the chance of tornadoes.

The NHC said the first tropical storm-force winds of at least 39 miles per hour (63 kph) would hit the region early on Thursday with the storm's centre reaching the coast Friday. Tropical Storm Isaac was east of the Lesser Antilles and expected to pass south of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Cuba, while Hurricane Helene was moving northward away from land.

"Florence is intensifying", said North Carolina's Governor Roy Cooper, adding: "This storm is strong, and its gettings stronger".

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