Residents faced with four threats of the Hurricane Florence
Southeast coastline facing the wind, storm surge, flooding and extended rainfall; Griff Jenkins reports from Atlantic Beach, North Carolina on the evacuations.
Hurricane Florence potentially devastating winds are generating huge waves as high as 83 feet as it continues to make its way in the direction of the east coast, and insurers predict the, the costliest such storm ever to hit the continental U.S.
The National Hurricane Center said Wednesday the huge waves were produced by captured, along with a very strong wind moving in the same direction of the storm, the movement. The center said the waves were measured by the satellite.
Wave height to 83 metres were measured early this morning under the NE quadrant of the Hurricane Florence. These huge waves are produced by captured, along with a very strong wind moving in the same direction as the storm movement. #HurricaneFlorence https://t.co/26J6Uogt6o pic.twitter.com/mdjGD5yibg
— NHC_TAFB (@NHC_TAFB) September 12, 2018
HURRICANE FLORENCE PATH: THE TRACK OF THE STORM HERE
As of 2 pm on Wednesday, Florence was downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane, but the expectation is to go back to a Category 4 on Thursday morning. The storm was about 435 miles southeast of Wilmington, N. C., and moving northwest at about 16 km / h.
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The National Hurricane Center said the hurricane’s peak winds have decreased slightly to 125 mph, but the size of the wind field is increased up to the outside of 70 km from the centre..
Forecasters predict the storm will make landfall late Thursday night or Friday sometime.
According to Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean, the current forecast puts Florence stalling when reaching the Carolina coast to create a slight shift to the south and rolled into South Carolina. They said it was a “major flooding event”.
The shift to the south and west includes more of South Carolina and western North Carolina. The National Weather Center said Florence will probably be “the storm of a lifetime” for parts of the Carolina coast.
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9/12 11:00 AM EDT: Here are the Key Messages for #Hurricane #Florence. The full advice is at: https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/HQ5pqRroGs
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 12, 2018
In addition to the hurricane-force winds blowing ashore and on Friday, Florence has the potential to be a storm surge up to 6 meters in parts of the coast including up to 13 metres from Cape Fear north to Cape Lookout.
The hurricane would also be the production of heavy and excessive rainfall – up to 40 inches in isolated areas in the Carolina’s, and somewhere between 6 to 12 inches elsewhere in the Appalachians, and the Mid-Atlantic region.
It will also direct about two nuclear power plants — Brunswick nuclear plant, which is located 30 miles south of Wilmington, as well as the Shearon Harris nuclear plant in New Hill, about 23 miles from Raleigh.
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Analytics company CoreLogic predicts that the loss of Florence could be more than $170 billion, making it one of the most expensive hurricane to hit the mainland of the USA.
Hurricanes Katrina and Harvey, which decimated parts of the Gulf states and Texas in 2005 and 2017, respectively, cost more than $125 billion. Hurricane Sandy, which struck the Mid-Atlantic and New England areas in 2012, coming in at $65 billion, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Authorities, including President Trump and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), urging the residents in the Carolina’s as well as parts of Virginia and Georgia, to evacuate as the storm continues its path.
Jeff Byard, FEMA associate administrator for the Office of Response and Restoration, called Florence “a very dangerous storm”.
“This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast,” he warned.
‘EXTREMELY DANGEROUS’ HURRICANE FLORENCE A ‘MIKE TYSON PUNCH CAROLINA COAST”
Trump declared states of emergency for North and South Carolina and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid. All three of the states, ordered mass evacuations along the coast.
On Wednesday morning, the president urged them in the way of Florence to “out of the way.”
It is necessary that anyone stick to the local evacuation orders. This storm is extremely dangerous. SAFE! #HurricaneFlorence https://t.co/94Ue4e26PD pic.twitter.com/KvF54CwomW
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 12, 2018
“Don’t play with it,” he added. “It is a big one.”
On Wednesday, the people in the region rushed to buy bottled water and other supplies, board of their houses, pulling their boats out of the water and out of the city.
Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said that while Florence is expected to slow down considerably by late Thursday and Friday, it is still a “very dangerous major hurricane” when there is land in sight.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang