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

Hurricane Florence now a Category 2, but remains ‘extremely dangerous’

Hurricane Florence now a Category 2, but remains ‘extremely dangerous’

Hurricane Florence's leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets on the Outer Banks, as the hulking storm closed in with 90 miles per hour (135 kph) winds for a drenching siege that could last all weekend.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency "in light of the storm's forecasted southward track after making landfall".

Forecasters said conditions will only get more lethal as the storm smashes ashore early Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina line and crawls slowly inland.

The first tropical storm-force winds of at least 39 miles per hour (63 kph) were forecast to hit the coast on Thursday.

Often the greatest threat from a hurricane is the storm surge.

"We would like the private sector to do the same and this is why going forward we have to implement legislation that would authorise the NEPO (National Emergency Planning Organisation), that when a decision is taken with regards to work, it would apply to every employee in the country and these are the things we intend to do in terms of disaster management going forward", Skerrit said, adding that he hopes to have the legislation debated in the Parliament by December.

And Florence will nearly surely depress auto production in SC, where Volvo already has closed a new factory near Charleston because it's in an area under mandatory evacuation orders, said spokesman Russell Datz.

The NHC warned the threat of tornadoes was increasing as Florence neared shore and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said the heavy rain could trigger landslides in the west of his state.

"This is not going to be a glancing blow", Byard said, warning of power outages, road closures, infrastructure damage and potential loss of life.

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

"The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety ahead of Hurricane Florence", Deal said. "There's nobody left to work".

"But I'm staying", she said.

"What can you do?" she asked. "You can't stop Mother Nature". But the company reported that wastewater levels inside the pits were low, and that "we're more prepared than ever", Duke Energy spokesman Bill Norton told the AP.

"Everything is packed", Espinoza said. "If I can't get back in a week, after a while they might turn on each other or trash the place".

Ron Ring is the general manager at Hilton Garden Inn Jacksonville Airport and he said it's pretty common for them to be sold out because so many people stay there who are flying into town.

Sweet said he thinks Hurricane Florence could cause the US economy's growth to slow a few tenths of a percentage point, on an annual basis, in the July-September quarter.

With 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. It urged residents to heed evacuation orders.

The National Hurricane Center is predicting the storm will produce "catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding".

Helene was weakening, however, and posed no danger to land, the NHC said, while Isaac could bring heavy rain to Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe.

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