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

More than 20,000 on NC coast already without power from Florence gusts

More than 20,000 on NC coast already without power from Florence gusts

All that said, a saturated ground, even with tropical storm-force winds, will uproot trees.

How are you preparing for Hurricane Florence?

"A slow motion across portions of eastern and central SC is forecast Friday night through Saturday night".

Isha Renta, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Baltimore/Washington forecast office, said while the forecast may look humdrum for the region, "we can not discount" the storm. "We've just never seen anything like this. This is just a unusual bird".

And while the millions affected finalize their emergency plans, try to, um, shoot the weather into submission (please don't do this), and hopefully take the official advice to get the hell out of its path, even more have been watching Florence's trajectory and forecast via online tracker sites and apps. The more it stalls, the more it rains.

The storm's center was about 145 miles (235 km) east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina as of Thursday night. Slower storms mean more rainfall over a smaller area.

Although the storm is approaching the USA coastline as a Category 2 hurricane after weakening from a Category 4 storm, that doesn't mean the storm will be gentle.

Florence, which is now a slow-moving Category 2 storm, is expected to linger over the Carolinas before turning north and sliding into western Virginia.

We are holding out hope for all of those who are in the path of the storm, but for any of you who aren't convinced that Florence has the potential to be deadly, then look no further than this live streaming video from the Bogue Inlet Pier in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, where the sky has darkened and the waves are crashing violently.

The storm has pretty much followed the forecast track through now, but the issue will be Thursday or Friday as it nears the coast and the steering currents collapse. Sand dunes gone storm surge 4' into house knocking down walls first floor.

Florence is now moving to the northwest at 17 kilometers per hour.

"The limited number of hubs being impacted by Florence will likely limit the scale of disruption that cascades through the national air travel system", FlightAware said in its noon report. The more the Great Lakes one wins, the more southerly Florence will be.

Computer simulations - especially the often star-performing European model - push the storm further south, even into SC and Georgia. Forecasters are also tracking two other disturbances. "So many weird/outlandish solutions - but that's what happens when the steering currents collapse".

"It truly is really about the whole size of this storm", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham told The Associated Press. "The rainfall has been and continues to be a very substantial threat over the entire area". "I've never been one to leave for a storm but this one kind of had me spooked".

Still, a storm surge can overwhelm the animals, as it did in 2003 when Hurricane Isabel killed five horses and swept three others a few miles away. Hurricane Helene is veering toward Europe.

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