Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Hurricane Florence: Storm downgraded but threat remains

Hurricane Florence: Storm downgraded but threat remains

"Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles", said the National Hurricane Center.

In a video posted to his Twitter account on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump warned residents in Florence's bullseye to heed official warnings.

We've pulled together some of the key elements that explain why officials are so anxious, and what damage Florence could cause.

European astronaut Alexander Gerst shared images of Florence's eye wall from space, calling the storm a "no-kidding nightmare".

Sandbags surround homes on North Topsail Beach, N.C., September 12, 2018, as Hurricane Florence threatens the coast.

Florence is expected to go move slowly as it approaches North and SC, whipping hurricane-force winds and dumping relentless rain at least through Saturday.

So how are these people preparing?

Usually when a storm approaches the coast, forecasters can tell with ever increasing accuracy where it will hit and who will get walloped. "Please keep that in mind", and consider leaving soon, Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said midmorning Thursday.

The National Hurricane Center expects hurricane-force winds to reach the coastline near the border of the two states by late Thursday or early Friday.

People fleeing coastal North and SC clogged highways Wednesday as Florence bore down for a direct hit in the low-lying region dense with beachfront vacation homes.


Florence could do more than $170bn (£130bn) of damage and affect almost 759,000 homes and businesses, says analytics firm CoreLogic. "I encourage Georgians to be prepared for the inland effects of the storm as well as the ensuing storm surge in coastal areas".

Mr Graham said the Pamlico and Neuse rivers in North Carolina will see their flows "reversed" as storm surges push water back inland. And forecasts show those currents just not giving the storm any sense direction in a day or so.

"You put your life at risk by staying", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said.

A buoy off the North Carolina coast recorded waves almost 30 feet (9 meters) high as Florence churned toward shore.

All of this has led to fears that the state could face an environmental disaster if industrial waste - including hog manure and coal ash - is washed into people's homes.

"And that's saying a lot given the impacts we've seen from Hurricanes Diana, Hugo, Fran, Bonnie, Floyd and Matthew".

Dead hogs and chickens were pictured floating in the floodwaters, which had been polluted with agricultural waste and petrol.

- SCEMD (@SCEMD) September 13, 2018The President reinforced this is a unsafe storm, and everyone in evacuation areas should follow the advice of Governor McMaster to evacuate while there is still time.

For 62 years, Robert Faircloth has lived in Wilmington, North Carolina. "What can you do?" "Because it's Mother Nature".

The racetrack said its Winner's Walk I reserved RV area outside Turn 1 will be available free for individuals needing a place to bring their campers, trailers and noncommercial vehicles. "It's going to happen".

Like this: