South Carolina to evacuate the entire coast with a lead of Florence
Hurricane Florence rapidly intensified into a potentially catastrophic category 4 storm on Monday; Adam Klotz tracks storm from the Fox Extreme Weather Center.
President Donald Trump late Monday approved an emergency declaration for North Carolina as a ‘life-threatening’ Hurricane Florence barrels toward the Carolinas and is expected to strengthen to a Category 5 storm.
The president’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA to coordinate disaster response efforts for “the hardships and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population,” a statement from the White House said, according to South Carolina’s The State.
State and local officials in the Carolinas and Virginia have ordered around 1.5 million people to evacuate, The Washington Post reported.
Hurricane #Florence continues to strengthen, max winds are now 140 km / h. Further strengthening is forecast and it is expected to be a large and powerful hurricane as it nears the East Coast.
See below for a 1-stop-page for the last #Florence info:https://t.co/XbtNO0LrGq pic.twitter.com/9j0oJe6H8V
— NWS (@NWS) September 10, 2018
The hurricane had sustained winds of 140 km / h and remained a Category 4 storm Monday. Scientists warn, however, that the unusually warm water can accelerate the storm the winds of 155 mph — nearly Category 5 intensity, The Post reported.
Florence is an expected landfall on Thursday, and one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the Eastern Coast of the last few decades.
“Life-threatening freshwater flooding likely from a long and very heavy rainfall of the event,” the National Weather Service said in an advisory.
The hurricane is forecast to hit a section of the coast that is vulnerable to the rise in sea level due to climate change, according to the Associated Press.
“Life-threatening freshwater flooding likely to be of a prolonged and extremely heavy rainfall event.”
– The National Weather Service
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster ordered the state’s entire coastline to be evacuated starting at noon Tuesday and predicted that 1 million people would flee.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued an evacuation order applicable to about 245,000 people.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said that his condition was “in the eye” of the storm and urged people to “get ready now.”
This photo provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Monday, as it threatens the US east coast.
(NASA via AP)
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan also declared a state of emergency, as officials “are preparing for a possible outcome, including the potential of the historic, catastrophic, and life-threatening floods in Maryland.”
Several meteorologists said Florence could do what Hurricane Harvey did last year over Texas, the dump days of rain, although not probably not as bad.
“I think this is very Harvey-like,” said Brian McNoldy of University of Miami-hurricane expert. “Normally, a landfalling tropical cyclone just keeps on going into the interior, gradually dissipate, and the rain itself out. But in rare cases, the steering patterns in a row that a storm glides in a dead zone between valleys and ridges.”
“I think this is very Harvey-esque.”
– Brian McNoldy of University of Miami-hurricane expert
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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