Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Governors in North and SC warning residents ahead of Florence's arrival

Hurricane Florence Is Traveling A Similar Path As A 1933 Storm That Got Very, Very Close To D.C. NASA showed how it looks from space a hurricane "Florence"
Frank Williams | 14 September, 2018, 07:16

"The hurricane's wind field is expected to grow with time as it approaches the coast of the Carolinas", said John Quagliariello from the National Weather Service in Columbia.

The Navy ordered all ships at the world's largest base to sea on Monday to avoid the battering of Hurricane Florence.

The hurricane has already reached category 4, with winds up to 130 miles per hour.

Right now, the citizens of Summerville, South Carolina, are on their toes waiting to see where Hurricane Florence will hit the hardest.

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said he had asked President Donald Trump for a federal disaster declaration ahead of the storm.

The first of the gusts could arrive in North Carolina at 8 p.m. Wednesday, the center said.

The athletics department is now monitoring the forecast for Hurricane Florence.

Kevin Orth loads sandbags into cars in Charleston, SC, as he helps residents prepare for Hurricane Florence.

Weakening Hurricane Florence begins lashing Carolinas, will produce ‘life-threatening’ conditions
Forecasts generally project Florence to make landfall in southeastern North Carolina on Friday as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane. For public safety, our live streams will be available to all residents of North Carolina.

Meanwhile in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Olivia was close to Hawaii, where tropical storm warnings and watches are in effect, according to the Pacific Hurricane Center.

National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham also warned that Florence is expected to linger once onshore, downing trees, knocking out electricity and causing widespread flooding.

Following updated predictions, Gov. Henry McMaster, in coordination with state and local officials, lifted the mandatory evacuation order for zones in Beaufort, Colleton, and Jasper counties, with the exception of Edisto Beach.

For many people, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge.

The South Carolina governor ordered the state's entire coastline to be evacuated starting at noon Tuesday and predicted that 1 million people would flee.

Schools, state government offices and medical facilities, including nursing homes in those counties, will be evacuated as well, McMaster said. The safety of everyone affected by the storm and the minimization of the impact on emergency personnel are the most important factors in making the decision on hosting an athletics event. "If you are given an evacuation order, please comply immediately before roads get clogged and chaos commences".

But a weather formation known as a high-pressure ridge is parked over the U.S. East coast, preventing Florence from doing the normal turn, said University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy. Any Category 3, 4 or 5 hurricane is classified as a major hurricane.

Some meteorologists are already predicting that Florence "could be one of the worst storms in USA history".

Last year, Harvey made landfall north of Corpus Christi, Texas, then stalled over the Houston area, dropping as much as 5 feet of rain across the metro area. "It is likely some areas will flood that have never flooded before".

The element will lead to a "life-threatening storm surges, exceptionally strong heavy rains and destructive winds", they say. "The best safety plan is preparation and common sense". And the timing couldn't be more apt: Monday was the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, when storm activity has historically been at its highest.

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