Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Georgia Gov. Deal declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Florence

The storm strengthened from 130 mph to 140 mph and is Category 4 the NHC said The storm strengthened from 130 mph to 140 mph and is Category 4 the NHC said
Frank Williams | 13 September, 2018, 15:39

About 5.25 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches, and 4.9 million live in places covered by tropical storm warnings or watches, the National Weather Service said. Hurricane Florence deserves all the names it's being called as it threatens to cause historic flooding, blow catastrophic winds and idle for days over the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic. The commanding general says anyone remaining on base will have food, water and protection despite being in the projected path of the storm. Then, it will likely hover along the coast Saturday, pushing up to 13 feet (nearly 4 metres) of storm surge and dumping 20 to 30 inches (50 to 75 centimetres) of rain on both states, before slogging over the Appalachian Mountains.

This is when Hurricane Florence is expected to be closest to us.

Forecasters said it's still too early to declare an all clear just yet.

"Watch out, America! #HurricaneFlorence is so enormous, we could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens from the @Space_Station, 400 km directly above the eye", German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted.

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.

Florence's nighttime winds were down to 115 miles per hour (185 kph) from a high of 140 miles per hour (225 kph), and the Category 4 storm fell to a Category 3, with a further slow weakening expected as the storm nears the coast.

The centre of Florence, which is 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 on Friday. Much of this rain will fall from Thursday night into early next week.

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In this July 22 photo, actor Henry Cavill attends the USA premiere of "Mission: Impossible - Fallout" in Washington. Henry was last on the big screen in this summer's blockbuster Mission Impossible: Fallout , alongside Tom Cruise .

The pivot in the forecasted track of Florence led Georgia's governor to declare a state of emergency for all 159 counties, home to 10.5 million people.

The White House has approved requests from North Carolina and SC for federal emergency declarations, allowing for greater coordination among states and federal agencies.

In a news release Wednesday, Gov. Nathan Deal says the state "is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety ahead of Hurricane Florence".

The News & Observer reports that the storm's path shifted early Wednesday and it is now bearing down on southern North Carolina and northern SC, where it could dump up to 40 inches of rain in places. The Navy, Air Force and Army were moving ships and aircraft out of harm's way.

"The waves and the wind this storm may bring is nothing like you've ever seen".

But what makes Florence so different from other storms this year? "Don't bet your life on riding out a monster".

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