Hurricane Florence Is Generating 83-Foot Waves in the Atlantic

Federico Mansilla
Setiembre 14, 2018

With Hurricane Florence set to wallop the area as a Category 4 hurricane, there are fears the ponds could overflow or even collapse amid extremely heavy rain, sending vast amounts of manure from thousands of farms into rivers and contaminating groundwater.

Emiratis in Virginia, North and SC areas have been urged to stay alert about the dangers of the fast approaching Hurricane Florence.

Winds and rain were arriving later in SC, and a few people were still walking on the sand at Myrtle Beach while North Carolina was getting pounded.

While Florence is no longer considered a major hurricane, its reach has expanded, threatening residents from Georgia to Virginia.

The Michigan-sized storm is set to linger for days and cause catastrophic flooding with up to four feet of rain and 13-foot storm surges.

Hurricane Florence's rainfall now lurks just over 100 miles off the coast of the Carolinas and time is running out to prepare. However, while the hurricane hasn't strengthened in terms of peak winds, the inner-core and outer wind fields have continued to expand, resulting in an increase the cyclone's total energy, which will create a significant storm surge event.

Hurricane florence is the most powerful storm to emerge from the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.

Forecasters said wind speeds have dropped from a high of 140 miles per hour (225 kph) to 110 miles per hour (175 kph), reducing it from a Category 4 storm to a Category 2, and additional fluctuations and weakening were likely as it swirled toward land.

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.

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Officials in several states have declared states of emergency, including in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms.

The first severe winds from Hurricane Florence are still expected to hit the Wilmington area around Thursday at 2 p.m., with the eye striking the Wilmington area on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m., according to most recent update from the National Weather Service (NWS); you can read the most recent NWS update here.

"Finally I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Florence".

"But I'm staying", she said.

Computer simulations - especially the often star-performing European model - push the storm further south, even into SC and Georgia.

"It's going to coming roaring up to the coast Thursday night and say 'I'm not sure I really want to do this and I'll just take a tour of the coast and decide where I want to go inland, '" said Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the private Weather Underground.

About 300,000 people have been evacuated from South Carolina, McMaster said. It urged residents to heed evacuation orders.

Florence is being trailed in the Atlantic by two other storms - Hurricane Helene and Tropical Storm Isaac.

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