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

'Not a pretty sight': Hurricane Florence has experts anxious

'Not a pretty sight': Hurricane Florence has experts anxious

It was located about 345 miles east of Guadaloupe.

Isaac is expected to reach the islands, which remain under a tropical storm warning, by Thursday afternoon and cross the Caribbean through Saturday.

"The longer it stays, the more wind, the more rain. It's just not anywhere near a level of Maria", forecaster Eric Blake said.

Isaac, along with Florence, Helene and two other systems increasingly likely to form, have set a hectic pace for the Atlantic - even busier than a year ago when Harvey, Isaac and Maria made landfall within three weeks of each other.

Wilmington, N.C., just north of where the hurricane is expected to come ashore, was sunny around midday on Wednesday as the town appeared to be emptying.

Adding to concerns, forecasters warned the larger and slow-moving storm could linger for days around the coast, leaving many without power and supplies.

"They're all interplaying with one another and it's not a particularly confident scenario", he said. "It's a nasty interplay that makes it very hard".

Though it was downgraded on Wednesday night to a Category 2 hurricane, USA meteorologists have repeatedly warned the storm is still very unsafe and destructive. The two hardware chains said they sent in a total of around 1,100 trucks.

It's now expected to continue weakening and dissipate in five days.

There have been warnings that any flooding of hog manure pits, coal ash dumps and other industrial sites could have a lasting effect on communities, with tainted water possibly washing into homes and drinking supplies. Some fluctuation in wind speeds are expected, and weakening forecast Thursday, but it's still expected to be a fierce storm triggering unsafe flooding.

Similar declarations were made earlier in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. "Some of them could carry heavy amounts of rain and some of them could be lighter".

Expected to make landfall by Friday, the impact of the storm will be widespread, with destructive winds, life-threatening storm surge, risky surf, torrential rainfall, flooding and the potential for tornadoes.

In the 11 p.m. ET advisory, Florence was 280 miles southeast of Wilmington, NC, packing maximum-sustained winds of 110 mph and moving to the northwest at 17 mph.

"Simply put, when you have tens of thousands of people that are trying to get out of harm's way and they're all filling up at the same time, certainly it overwhelms how much gasoline can be gas stations". "It's one of those situations where you're going to get heavy rain, catastrophic, life-threatening storm surge, and also the winds".

After making landfall this Friday (Sept. 14), the massive storm will now "wobble" southward and then head west, making a "big, grand tour" of the southeastern United States, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) meteorologist Kevin Scasny said in a statement released today (Sept. 12). On Wednesday, officials said some of those shelters were at capacity, but in a statement early Thursday, county officials said they were "able to mobilize additional resources to accommodate the need for shelter space". A hurricane hunter plane is scheduled to investigate the system Thursday.

"It looks like Helene will move towards Ireland on Tuesday morning".

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