110 mph winds expected to hit North Carolina coast
Griff Jenkins reports from Atlantic Beach, NC.
Residents along the Carolina Coast on Thursday were preparing for the Hurricane Florence as the massive Category 2 storm continues on the road to the north-west at 18 km / h.
Officials say that the storm will pack a serious punch and bring a region with 10 million people a “lethal” storm surge, historic catastrophic floods, and wind.
“Do you want to be a hit with the train or do you want to hit with a cement truck?”
– Jeff Byard, a FEMA administrator
The hurricane center said Florence will approach the coast on Friday and stick around for a while for the throw of the shore. The authorities warn that Florence has an enormous wind field that is greater.
“Do you want to be a hit with the train or do you want to hit with a cement truck?” said Jeff Byard, an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Storm surge flooding is responsible for almost half of the deaths associated with tropical cyclones in the past 50 years. 🌊
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— NWS (@NWS) September 12, 2018
The storm surge is “one of the deadliest hazards of hurricanes,” as well as the associated rainfall in the interior, and David Novak, director of NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center, said. He said that one in four deaths in this kind of storms are caused by the extreme rainfall.
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Most of the deaths are associated with vehicles, Novak said, warning residents that see flooded roads “please, turn around, don’t drown,” and do not try to cross roads.
Approximately 5.25 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches, and 4.9 million live in places covered by tropical storm warnings or watches, the National Weather Service said.
Florence was about 235 miles south-southeast of Wilmington, N. C., and about 280 miles southeast of Myrtle Beach, S. C., moving northwest at 17 mph, 5 p.m. EDT Thursday, according to the NHC.
VIDEO UPDATE: the Director of the Weather Prediction Center describes what you can expect with #HurricaneFlorence…”Precipitation forecast of Hurricane Florence rivals state records” pic.twitter.com/Cf5WNpgncT
— NWS (@NWS) September 12, 2018
“If you’re in these areas, eastern North Carolina, eastern South Carolina, and has told you to evacuate,” Novak said, “please do not think that you can drive. That would be a fatal decision.”
Florence is expected to be heavy and excessive rainfall, the NHC said, with 20 to 30 centimetres, isolated 40 cm, in the coast of North Carolina in the far northeastern part of South Carolina. This rainfall could produce catastrophic floods and long-term significant riverflooding, the hurricane center said.
The rest of South and North Carolina into southwest Virginia is expected to be 6 to 12 inches of precipitation, insulated 24 inches, the NHC said.
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It is unclear how many people fled, but more than 1.7 million people in the Carolina and Virginia were warned to clear out.
“If you’re in these areas, eastern North Carolina, eastern South Carolina, and has told you to evacuate, please do not think that you can drive. That would be a fatal decision.”
– David Novak, director of NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center
In Virginia, where over 245,000 residents were ordered to evacuate low-lying areas, officials of the people to stay away from home, despite the weather forecast changes show Florence path is largely lacking in the state.
Computer models of exactly what the storm could do, varied, adding to the uncertainty of storm and stress. It is undertain exactly where Florence will arrive, after a shift in her track more of the south-East in danger.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, to react on the possibility of a more southerly track, declared an emergency, but not to any evacuations.
South Carolina beach towns are more in the bull’s-eye because of the shift of the forecast.
Forecasters fear that the storm damage is all the worse as it lingers on the coast. The trend is “very bad news,” said University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy, because the “sweeping a landing area over hundreds of miles of the coast, particularly the storm surge.”
Five percent of the gas stations in North Carolina were out of gas (one in 10 service stations in Wilmington and Raleigh-Durham), while 2.1 percent in South Carolina, and 1 percent in Virginia.
Americans from around the nation offering help to the Carolina
North Carolina has approximately 2100 industrial scale pork farms with more than 9 million pigs.
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Florence heavy rainfall can lead to an ecological disaster as a waste of hog manure pits, coal ash landfill and other industrial sites washing in homes or pose a threat to the drinking water supply.
The airlines had also cancelled nearly 1000 flights and counting.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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