Epic storm surge predicted for Florence landfall
Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean reports.
Catastrophic floods, life-threatening storm surge, tropical storm-force winds and even tornadoes are expected as Hurricane Florence, the barrels in the direction of the United States east coast on Thursday, even as the massive storm was downgraded to a still-deadly Category 2 hurricane.
A rash of late evacuations continued as officials warned that the storm will still pack a serious blow to the Carolina’s and the Mid-Atlantic region. The danger comes from Florence growing wind field, which is likely to bring heavy rains and enormous storm surge, despite a slightly lower speed.
“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
“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, talk about the difference between a life-threatening Category 3 hurricane and a still-deadly Category 2 storm.
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— NWS (@NWS) September 12, 2018
Byard added: “This is not going to be a glancing blow. This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast.”
Of 8 to Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said Florence was delayed and was about 170 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, N. C., and about 220 km southeast of Myrtle Beach, S. C., and moving northwest at about 12 km / h. The hurricane of slower speed is expected to continue through the day.
David Novak, director of NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center, said the storm surge expected from Florence is “one of the deadliest hazards of hurricanes,” and forecasters predict up to a 13-meter rise in parts of the Carolina coast, including Cape Fear to Cape Lookout in North Carolina.
“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.”
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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
Officials said Thursday morning that the time for people who are trying to evacuate from the region as a hurricane is a tropical storm-wind power are beginning to reach the coast. More than 5.25 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches, and 4.9 million others live in places covered by tropical storm warnings or watches, the National Weather Service said.
Florence is expected to creep near or along the coast of south Carolina until Friday, may delay the achievement of a technical land in sight. The barn is probably the fitting of the region with long lasting rain, wind and swell, the dumping of 20 to 30 mm of rain on both Carolina’s for swirling about the Appalachian Mountains. Catastrophic floods and even tornadoes are expected in southeastern Virginia and eastern North Carolina.
The tornado’s are weak and of short duration, but can add to the damage caused by precipitation, or in a straight line, or a hurricane.
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Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the forecasting website Weather Underground, said Florence finally could strike as a Category 1 with winds less than 100 mph — but that’s still enough to cause at least $ 1 billion in damages. Water kills more people in hurricanes than the wind and the rain and the storm surge is what Florence is extremely dangerous.
“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
President Trump touted the wants of the government for the storm on Friday and urged the residents to get to safety.
“We are fully ready for hurricane Florence, as the storm is still bigger and stronger,” he tweeted. “Be careful!”
It is unclear how many people have fled Florence, but until now, more than 1.7 million people in the Carolina and Virginia were warned to clear out. Airlines canceled nearly 1,000 flights and that number continued to climb Thursday.
Americans from around the nation offering help to the Carolina
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Duke Energy, the nation’s No. 2 power company, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks. Workers are shipped in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the aftermath of the storm, it said.
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.
Fox News’ Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
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