Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Fears as Hurricane Florence nears U.S. coast

Fears as Hurricane Florence nears U.S. coast

By late Thursday afternoon, the Carolina coasts can expect winds stronger than 80 miles per hour. And that's just the prelude to untold days of misery.

Florence's hurricane force winds now extends 80 miles from the center, while the tropical storm force winds reaches almost 200 miles, according to the National Hurricane Center. "We will have catastrophic effects".

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said, 'The time to prepare is nearly over. "Tens of thousands of structures are expected to be flooded, and many more by rising rivers and creeks".

The ISS is now orbiting at an altitude of about 400 km above the surface of the Earth meaning it has an incredible view of Hurricane Florence as it rages. For a Category 2 storm, that means sustained winds of 154-177 km/h (96-110 mph). "We're still going to have a Category 4 storm surge".

Florence's winds weakened as it drew closer to land, dropping from a peak of 225 kph earlier in the week, and the hurricane was downgraded from a terrifying category four to a two.

Avair Vereen, 39, took her seven children to a shelter in Conway High School. That's enough to fill more than 15 million Olympic-size swimming pools.

And now, many more people, houses and buildings are set to endure hurricane-force winds, which extend 80 miles out from Florence's center.

"It's cumulative damage", Myers said. "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000". So will the trees.

High winds and downed power lines are another concern for that region.

The Charleston area will see winds near tropical storm strength of 40 miles per hour and somewhere between 3 to 6 inches of rain.

The southern portion of the Virginia coast is under a tropical storm warning - from north of Duck, North Carolina, to Cape Charles Light, Virginia, and the Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort.

The National Oceanic and Atmospherice Administration (NOAA) notes that Florence isn't alone in the "busy" Atlantic Ocean. Some morons will undoubtedly ignore the warnings putting rescuers at risk to get them out.

Up to 40 inches of rain could fall in North Carolina. They also instituted a 24-hour curfew.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam reminded residents to stay off the roads and shelter in place.

In Myrtle Beach, ABC correspondent Pete Combs painted a starker picture of those who made a decision to stay in place.

"It doesn't matter how much money you have or how many generators you have if you can't get gas", she said.

She said a hurricane has a way of bringing everyone to the same level. It's a kind gesture but doesn't alleviate Browning's fear.

"Against my better judgment, due to emotionalism, I evacuated", said Fisher, 74. "But I think it'll be OK".

FEMA and the National Weather Service also urged residents along the coast to evacuate.

Federal emergency management officials warned that Florence - while weakening slightly - remains a "very unsafe storm" capable of wreaking havoc along a wide swathe of the coast. "Inland flooding kills a lot of people". A further 10 million people are now under some form of storm watch.

Some 11,000 power outages have been reported in North Carolina. "It's chilling, even from space", said Gerst.

Emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

'Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you'. Florence, a storm expected to significantly impact the U.S. Hurricane Helene is veering toward Europe. Hurrican Helen, Tropical Storm Isaac, and Subtropical Storm Joyce are all churning.

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