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

Isaac Degrades To Tropical Storm; Helene's Forecast Sends It Away From Caribbean

Isaac Degrades To Tropical Storm; Helene's Forecast Sends It Away From Caribbean

That would crush the state record from hurricane Floyd.

National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear said in a video briefing North Carolina would see the equivalent of up to eight months of rain in a two- to three-day period. "We've prepared all our supplies at home and frankly, we were bored".

The Charleston County Consolidated 911 Center will remain staffed during the storm, said Jim Lake, the center's director, but residents should call 911 only for an emergency.

"I've been through hurricanes before but never with kids", she said. Protection of life is the absolute highest priority and that's what we are doing. "I am frightened about what's coming".

Overall, unsafe storm surge is possible all the way from Edisto Beach, South Carolina, to the North Carolina/Virginia border.

Duke Energy Corp expected between 25 percent and 75 percent of its 4 million customers would lose power in the Carolinas.

Roads and intersections on North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier islands were already inundated with water.

It is also a very large storm, with hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km).

Hurricane Florence has changed course, according to the latest weather models.

U.S. media say more than one million people have been ordered to evacuate.

At least 12,000 people had taken refuge in 126 emergency shelters, Cooper said, with more facilities being opened.

According to the National Hurricane Center's 11 p.m. Tuesday update, Isaac has weakened somewhat in the previous 24 hours and is now expected to enter the Caribbean Thursday evening as a tropical storm, rather than a hurricane.

Tropical storm force winds are thought to be just hours away from making landfall in North Carolina. The forecast "cone of uncertainty" shows that Florence might severely affect the Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee by Monday. Eventually, Florence will veer north into the Appalachian Mountains, bringing soaking rains to Virginia and western North Carolina, before sputtering out late next week near DE and Maryland, the FWS reported. Authorities in Chatham County, Georgia, which borders SC and includes the historic port city of Savannah, urged residents who feel unsafe "to evacuate as they see fit".

In addition to inundating the coast with wind-driven storm surges of seawater as high as 13 feet (4 meters) along the Carolina coast, Florence could dump 20 to 30 inches (51-76 cm) of rain, with up to 40 inches in parts of North Carolina, the NHC said. Instead, they drove 150 miles (240 km) inland to his mother's house in Durham. "If they're telling you to leave, you have to leave", Graham said.

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