Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Hurricane Florence looms over East Coast — WHAT'S HAPPENING

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Frank Williams | 16 September, 2018, 23:15

Hurricane Florence is now barreling toward the East Coast and is forecast to bring, "life-threatening storm surge and rainfall... across portions of the Carolinas", according to NOAA's National Hurricane Center.

A new high-definition video and photos taken from the International Space Station show the size of scope of Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm heading toward landfall in the Southeast U.S. later this week.

Residents in the path of these devastating storms should comply with all evacuation orders and other emergency instructions.

People walk past storm shuttered buildings on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk in Myrtle Beach.

"We lost power at home so we figured we should come to the bar", said Carla Mahaffee, a 33-year-old actor from Wilmington, as she drank a cider.

According to the NHC forecast at 5 p.m. on September 12, the storm is forecast to slow down near the coast of North and SC before it passes over the states and into Georgia.

"Data from an Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter aircraft along with satellite imagery and various intensity estimates indicate that Florence has weakened instead of strengthening".

Even miles away from the Atlantic, North Carolina residents in low-lying areas were boarding up and emptying stores.

A woman walks her bike across a street near a boarded up bar a day before the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Wilmington.

As of Tuesday, more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out.

She said: "Helene is moving up from the Atlantic towards us".

"We'll handle it. We're ready".

President Donald Trump touted the government's readiness and urged people to get out of the way of Florence.

Florence downgraded to tropical storm just 50 miles off coast
Florence is expected to dump several feet of rain on the Carolinas as she makes a slow push inland over the next few days. More than 12,000 people were in shelters in North Carolina and 400 in Virginia, where the forecast was less dire.

Farmer said since October 2015 when the state suffered serious flooding from what was at the time called a 1-in-1,000 year megastorm, he has encouraged residents to purchase flood insurance.

"Do you want to get hit with a train or do you want to get hit with a cement truck?" said Jeff Byard, an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help deal with what could be weeks of power outages in the aftermath, the company said.

The storm is moving northwest at 10 miles per hour (17 kph), the NHC said.

However, forecasters say the storm's biggest threat is how much rain it is expected to produce.

The storm is expected to strengthen on Thursday before making landfall late Thursday night or early Friday.

"The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety", Deal said.

Bridges, airports and ferry services in the affected areas face closure if winds grow too violent, while roads and rail routes might also be cut off. "There's nobody left to work".

"I do not expect any [insurer] issues as a result of this hurricane either financially or any problems with timely and sufficient claims payments", Farmer said. "The building's solid and Buddha will protect us".

"Everything is packed", Espinoza said. "I've gotten triple the amount of calls". Floyd produced 24 inches of rain in some parts of the state, while Florence has already dumped about 30 inches in areas around Swansboro. "If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't have minded staying here".

Their entire neighborhood evacuated in Wilmington, North Carolina, David and Janelle Garrigus planned to ride out Florence at their daughter's one-bedroom apartment in Charlotte.

The hurricane center is forecasting the storm to hover near the coast Saturday with winds of around 80 miles per hour before landfall, but with rainfall in the 20 to 30 inches range and up to 13 feet of storm surge.

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