Rick Scott to deploy emergency teams, resources ahead of Hurricane Florence
Rick Scott to deploy emergency teams, resources ahead of Hurricane Florence
Hurricane Florence weakens slightly, expected to reach Carolinas as Cat 3
13 September, 2018, 13:44
The centre of Florence, no longer classified as a major hurricane but still posing a grave threat to life and property, is expected to strike North Carolina's southern coast tomorrow, then drift southwest along the shoreline before moving inland on Saturday, the NHC said.
Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm but it is still considered an extremely risky and life-threatening storm. But the hurricane center said it is "still forecast to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane when it nears the US coast late Thursday and Friday".
With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand. The hurricane was moving northwest in the Atlantic at 15 miles per hour and was packing sustained winds of 110 miles per hour.
Trump tweeted about the danger to Georgia Wednesday, saying, "Hurricane Florence may now be dipping a bit south and hitting a portion of the Great State of Georgia".
"This is not going to be a glancing blow", warned Jeff Byard, an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
"Even though it's down in South and North Carolina, it is a big storm and the track is ever-changing". This storm is a slow-moving mammoth and will linger for days on the coast, heavily affecting not only North and SC but also Georgia and parts of Virginia before moving further inland, causing devastation to entire states throughout the weekend.
"Whether or not the game could have been played, we made the decision we think is best for the state and those who are evacuating the coast", athletics director Ray Tanner said in a statement released by the school.
More than 1.7 million people were warned to evacuate and get out of the way of the "life-threatening" storm's path.
The US Coast Guard said it closed the ports of Wilmington and Moorehead City in North Carolina and restricted port operations in Charleston, South Carolina. Unsure of what they might find when they return home, the couple went shopping for a recreational vehicle.
A hurricane warning - meaning hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours - is in effect for a long stretch of the coast, from the Santee River in SC to Duck, N.C., which is part of the Outer Banks. "We just need to figure out how to make it through". "These are our homes, we live here full-time". Forecasters also were tracking two other disturbances.
"This will be a storm that creates and causes massive damage to our country".
The trend is "exceptionally bad news", said University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy, since it "smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge".
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Rainfall amount is anywhere from about 3-10inches of rain from Myrtle Beach onwards and into Richmond. According to the Saffir-Simpson scale, a Category 5 hurricane has 157 miles per hour or greater winds.
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A tropical storm warning and hurricane watch are in effect for the Cabo Verde islands of Santiago, Fogo, and Brava. Unsafe swells generated by Florence affected Bermuda and have begun to reach parts of the Eastern Seaboard.
The storm was expected to bring rain and high surf rising to rise up to 18 feet on east-facing shores of Hawaii Island and Maui. The US National Hurricane Centre is urging people in Hawaii to prepare for its arrival in the coming days.
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