Monday, 19 November, 2018

Caged for the Storm as Hurricane Florence Bears Down

Article intro image Enlarge This water vapor image from Wednesday morning shows the enormous pool of moisture that Florence is transporting to the US East
Derrick Tucker | 13 September, 2018, 11:14

"On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas through Wednesday, and approach the coast of North Carolina or SC in the hurricane watch area Thursday and Friday", the NHC said.

A Category 4 on the five-level Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale, Florence was 750km south-southeast of Bermuda and the centre of the hurricane was forecast to pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas yesterday, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said.

Hurricane Florence is churning slowly towards the southern parts of the eastern seaboard and could slam into the Carolinas by tomorrow night bringing sweeping winds of more than 200km per hour and dumping rain that could cause coastal erosion and a major storm surge.

National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham called Hurricane Florence's size is "staggering."

Forecasters anxious the storm's damage will be all the worse if it lingers on the coast.

"It is an extremely risky, life-threatening, historic hurricane", said Roy Cooper, governor of North Carolina, as he warned people not to gamble their lives on riding out the storm. However, it was projected Wednesday that Florence would shift slightly to the south and possibly hit Georgia as well.

Incredible time-lapse footage filmed from a hurricane-hunting plane shows what's it's like to fly through the eye of Florence, the storm that's already forced more than 1 million people to evacuate. About 1.7 million residents have been urged to flee from parts of North and SC.

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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said in a statement on Sunday: "Review your emergency plans and gather your supplies now". The storm's maximum sustained winds are 50 miles per hour (85 kph) and it is moving west at 8 miles per hour (13 kmh).

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Slower movement means a hurricane has more time to inundate a region with rain and storm surge.

President Donald Trump - who was criticised for his response to the deadly Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico previous year -has said the White House is "absolutely, totally prepared" to provide aid once Florence hits. Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said.

Sand bags surround homes on North Topsail Beach, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, as Hurricane Florence threatens the coast.

Panovich: Right now it looks like landfall is going to occur sometime early Friday morning between, I would say, 4 a.m. and probably about 8 a.m., but it might actually never make it all the way in.

"The longer it stays, the more wind, the more rain". "Also, a little creepy".

Another commenter said: 'That hurricane better be taking me to dinner first'. Forecasters also were tracking two other disturbances.

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