A storm front passes homes in North Topsail Beach, N. C., prior to Hurricane Florence moving in the direction of the east coast on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Tom Copeland)
MIAMI – A big one. A sample. A once-in-a-lifetime storm. Hurricane Florence deserves all the names it is called as it threatens to cause historic flooding, blowing catastrophic wind and idle days on the Carolina’s and the Mid-Atlantic ocean. The add of the storm and stress is the uncertainty about exactly where Florence will arrive, after a shift in her track more of the south-East in danger.
BY THE NUMBERS
—From: 1.7 million people under mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders, and more than 10 million people live in areas currently under storm watches or warnings
—Grounded: Nearly 1000 flights cancelled until Friday
Gas stations running on empty: 5 percent in North Carolina, plus one in 10 service stations in Wilmington and the Raleigh-Durham area, 2.1 percent in South Carolina, and 1 percent in Virginia
—Going dark: Duke Energy expects 1 million to 3 million homes and businesses losing power
FACES OF FLORENCE
Images captured by Associated Press journalists let the fear of evacuation and solitary beachgoers the find of moments of silence before the storm.
HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER STORM
Florence has it all : Warm ocean temperatures that fuel hurricanes. Favorable wind patterns. A higher sea level, which is still to be strengthened by the storm surge. The cloud cover, which can include multiple states. And an unusual combination of other weather systems which are likely to stall Florence as it hits land, leaving it sit for days and dump enormous amounts of rain.
WHAT TRUMP SAID:
Concerns about how the government will respond to the Hurricane Florence devastation? President Donald Trump said that there is nothing to fear because his administration did such a good job responding to last year’s storms – including Hurricane Maria, which killed 3,000 people in Puerto Rico. In a series of tweets Wednesday morning, Trump said that the government “Pluses” for the storm recovery in Texas and Florida and “did appreciated great job in Puerto Rico.” His comments fell flat in Puerto Rico, where the islanders are continuing to struggle to recover a year after the Category 4 storm.
Florence is the direction for a number of the most famous military bases in the country. The Navy, the air force and the Army is to move people, ships and aircraft out of harm’s way, though evacuations were not required at bases such as Camp Lejeune . The commanding general says everyone on base will have food, water, and protection despite the fact that in the projected path of the storm.
Companies in the Carolinas, Virginia and Georgia will likely suffer financial losses from the approaching storm, with gates close, the farmers to move their cattle, and expect power outages that could last for weeks. The losses are not easily or quickly overcome. But it could have been worse: Labor Day meant the end of the peak tourist season in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and other coastal getaways. There are now fewer tourists to send away.
North Carolina has approximately 2100 industrial scale pork farms with more than 9 million pigs. 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. When Hurricane Floyd made landfall near Cape Fear in 1999 as a Category 2 hurricane, bloated carcasses of hundreds of thousands of pigs, chickens and other drowned cattle went into a nose-stinging nettle soup of fecal matter, pesticides, fertilizer and fuel so toxic that the fish flopped helplessly to escape.
Elder family members carry as much weight as meteorologists in a close-knit community of slave descendants on the coast of South Carolina. St. Helena Island, near the South Carolina Georgia line is used for the drive of big storms — from one death, an estimated 2,000 people in 1893 to Tropical Storm Irma of last year. But barber Josh Dais says the island of 5,000 residents now are trying to decide whether to flee ahead of Hurricane Florence. He says: “As a Mom and Grandma, then a lot of people leave.” Smaller enclaves of Gullah, referred to as Geechee in some areas are scattered along the Southeast coast from North Carolina to Florida.
Some Florence evacuees are steering in the direction of Bristol Motor Speedway in the vicinity of the Tennessee-Virginia border and Atlanta Motor Speedway , where camping sites are open for people fleeing the storm. At least two dozen trucks gathered in the vicinity of Charlotte Motor Speedway to prepare to move in and start restoring power as soon as conditions are safe.
What would you take if a major hurricane threatened to engulf or pull apart your house? One North Carolina woman, full of flowers on the grave of her son. Evacuees also loaded their vehicles with extra gas cans, their pets — especially dogs and a cockatoo cooler filled with sandwich meat, family photos, and blankets. The shopping list for people who have decided to ride out the storm at home: plywood to board their windows, sandbags, bilge pumps, generators, trash bags, chips, bottle water and wine.
Apart from the safety, the Atlantic Coast Conference schools face scheduling obstacles , monetary implications, and come considerations. The list of the cancelled soccer games Number 13 of Virginia Tech’s game against East Carolina, No. 14 West Virginia’s trip to North Carolina State and No. 18 UCF visit to North Carolina. Virginia has been moved from the Saturday to the home game against Ohio to Nashville, Tennessee.
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