Hurricane Florence Rocks Wooden Pier in Nags Head

Federico Mansilla
Setiembre 14, 2018

Hurricane Florence's heavy rains and tropical storm-force winds reached North Carolina's Outer Banks on Thursday morning, leading the way for a storm packing 105-mph winds.

Numerous communities throughout the region have issued either mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders. "It's an extremely unsafe, life-threatening, historic hurricane". "This is a storm that is historic, maybe once in a lifetime".

Forecasters expect Florence to hit the Carolinas early in the morning on September 14. As the recovery from past storms continues in many rural towns, the next storm is about to strike. Here's why this storm threatens not only the coast but millions of people inland.

"It's going to be bad", said Woody White, chairman of the New Hanover County Commissioners.

As of 11 a.m. EDT, Florence was centered about 145 miles (230 kilometers) southeast of Wilmington, its forward movement slowed to 10 mph (17 kph).

As of 5:00 am (1100 GMT), Florence was a risky Category 4 hurricane packing sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (220 kilometers per hour), the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

The NHC said the first tropical storm-force winds of at least 39 miles per hour (63 kph) would hit the region early on Thursday with the storm's center reaching the coast Friday.

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More than 1 million people have been ordered to evacuate - but the window to do so in nearly over. "The biggest hazard that we're anxious about is storm surge", Long said.

"With the storm expected to linger, power restoration work could take weeks instead of days". Being able to analyze the weather and future climate of an area using the physically-based techniques proposed by Emanuel could enable better decision-making with respect to land development.

"If it was a Category Four and we were going to get a direct hit, yes, we wouldn't be here".

The centre of Florence is expected to hit North Carolina's southern coast on Friday, then drift southwest before moving inland on Saturday, enough time to drop as much as one metre of rain in some places, according to the National Hurricane Center. Just yesterday, weather models indicated that Florence would be shifting its course, embarking on a "big, grand tour" of the southeastern United States, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) meteorologist Kevin Scasny said in a statement. As it turns into southern SC. Streets were quiet with schools and many offices and businesses closed. "It can go back up", she said.

"They'll be looking very closely at major transmission lines that have tens of thousands of customers associated with them", Penn said.

Charleston, resident William Belli said he would not be among those joining the exodus.

Will Epperson, 36-year-old golf course assistant superintendent, said he and his wife had planned to ride out the storm at their home in Hampstead, North Carolina, but changed their minds due to its ferocity. "Not anxious in the least". "I will enjoy the quiet", he said. South Carolina's state capital Columbia is at only 89m (292ft).

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