Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Hurricane hits Carolinas, governor warns 'it's going to get worse'

Hurricane Florence churning in the Atlantic Ocean in a west north-westerly direction towards the US East Coast Thousands flee Florence, head to Florida - Story
Kenny Thornton | 15 September, 2018, 07:28

A excessive-definition digital camera from NASA's ISS captured a discontinuance-up watch of Hurricane Florence as it barrels toward the East Stagger.

So far, it's estimate more than 1.7 million Americans have heeded the warnings about Hurricane Florence.

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.

USA TODAYA watch of Hurricane Florence from the Global Attach Space.(Characterize: Alexander Gerst, ESA/NASA) With Hurricane Florence churning toward the East Stagger, NASA released a flawless video and photos of the storm from condo.A excessive-definition digital camera outdoors the Global Attach Space captured video Tuesday."Ever stared down the gaping sight of a category Four storm?"

Cooper said Florence would "continue its violent grind across the state for days". Almost 2,100 flights have been canceled through Saturday.

The centre of the hurricane's eye came ashore at about 7:15 a.m. EDT (1115 GMT) near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, with sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 kph), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

The storm was moving northwest at 17 miles per hour (28 km/h). Wilmington is expected to get battered before the storm drifts south. Hurricane Florence is predicted to hit the Carolinas later this week. In Hurricane Sandy in 2012, storm surge-induced flooding measured as high as 9 feet above ground in parts of NY and New Jersey, leading to billions of dollars in damages. That's high enough to cover a house not on stilts. The storm knocked out power to more than 890,000 homes and businesses, according to poweroutage.us, which tracks the USA electrical grid. "Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over short distances".

Florence's forward movement during the day slowed to a near-standstill - sometimes it was going no faster than a human can walk - and that enabled it to pile on the rain.

A spokesperson for the ABC affiliate said roads around the building were flooding.

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Portions of a boat dock and boardwalk are destroyed by powerful wind and waves as Hurricane Florence arrives September 13, 2018, in Atlantic Beach, N.C.

Cooper said Florence was set to cover nearly all of North Carolina in several feet of water.

Why is it getting bigger?

Coast Guard shallow water rescue teams took up positions in preparation for search and rescue operations once the worst of the storm passes. Hurricanes feed off the heat in the warm surface of the ocean and typically lose power when they hit land. "This is a 500- or 1,000-year event".

When will it make landfall?

The storm has pretty much followed the forecast track through now, but the issue will be Thursday or Friday as it nears the coast and the steering currents collapse.

For people living inland in the Carolinas, the moment of maximum peril from flash flooding could arrive days later, because it takes time for rainwater to drain into rivers and for those streams to crest.

More than 415,000 homes and businesses were without power September 14 morning according to poweroutage.us, which tracks the nation's electrical grid.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for South Santee River, South Carolina to Duck, North Carolina and the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.

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