Friday, 16 November, 2018

As Florence Surges Forward, Rethinking What Hurricane Preparation Looks Like

Hurricane Florence impacting flights along East Coast Hurricane Florence impacting flights along East Coast There may be more flights canceled as Hurricane Florence gets closer to the East Coast
Frank Williams | 15 September, 2018, 22:29

There has been a dramatic change in the projected path of the first hurricane of the season expected to make landfall on the United States.

Small said the precautions have worked in previous hurricanes, but he said he remained wary of the flooding potential from the storm with the same name as his town. Tropical Storm Olivia is expected to move over Hawaii Wednesday or Thursday, KHNL reported.

The South Carolina Department of Corrections says some prisoners were moved in a Pee Dee facility ahead of Florence's approach toward the coast.

The overall 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". The entire coastlines of North and SC, in addition to some parts of southeastern Virginia, are under a mandatory evacuation plan.

At 11:00 am (1600 GMT), the eye of the storm was about 485 miles (785 kms) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving in a northwest direction at 15 mph (24 kph).

US insurers are bracing for what could be $20 billion in losses as Hurricane Florence barrels toward the Carolinas and Virginia, bringing punishing rains and potentially deadly flooding. The Category 4 storm is likely to produce "catastrophic" flooding in the eastern Carolinas, as well as destructive winds.

Meteorologist Sandy LaCorte said the 11 a.m. forecast did not change much from the one six hours prior, and that the track takes the unsafe storm right through the heart of SC.

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Members of Manafort's legal team were spotted spending several hours at the special counsel office's Thursday. He already faced a possible sentence of life behind bars before the second trial began in Washington, D.C .

Michelle Stober loaded up valuables at her home on Wrightsville Beach to drive back to her primary residence in Cary, North Carolina.

"This has an opportunity of being a very devastating storm".

Liberty Mutual Insurance and Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company write the most commercial property insurance coverage in North and SC, according to a report on Wednesday by Moody's, citing data from SNL Financial. The port in Charleston, South Carolina, though, was suspending operations from Thursday through Saturday and possibly on Sunday. For example, the seas off of Wilmington, North Carolina have risen 7.5 inches since 1935, according to NOAA.

If some of the computer projections hold, "it's going to come roaring up to the coast Thursday night and say, 'I'm not sure I really want to do this, and I'll just take a tour of the coast and decide where I want to go inland, '" said Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the private Weather Underground forecasting service. We're still watching the forecast track fairly closely.

Experts are saying Florence, a "monster", could be one of the most powerful storms to ever hit the East Coast.

These power outages could last days to weeks, Brock Long, a spokesperson with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), told Reuters.

Tropical disturbance Invest 95L as of Wednesday morning.

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