"Once In A Lifetime" Hurricane Florence Weakens, Begins Lashing Eastern US
"Once In A Lifetime" Hurricane Florence Weakens, Begins Lashing Eastern US
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15 September, 2018, 09:27
Florence's winds weakened as it drew closer to land, dropping from a peak of 140 miles per hour (225 kph) earlier in the week, and the hurricane was downgraded from a terrifying Category 4 to a 2.
"The threat of freshwater flooding will increase and spread inland over the next several days".
The hurricane's surge could cover large swathes of the Carolina coast under as much as 11ft (3.3m) of seawater.
The National Hurricane Center warned the threat of tornadoes was increasing as Florence neared shore and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said the heavy rains could trigger landslides in the western part of his state. Stay on guard. This is a powerful storm that can kill.
Hurricane Florence, they found, will grow about 50 miles (80 kilometers) larger and will dump 50 percent more rain over a period from September 11 to September 16 than it would have in a world before climate change.
North Carolina governor Roy Cooper warned: "Don't relax, don't get complacent".
The southeast winds around what's left of Florence may enhance rain totals in the Mountain Empire, which is where we expect to see the most rain between Saturday and Tuesday.
"This rainfall will produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding", the hurricane center said.
Even so, many residents of Myrtle Beach proudly recalled how they had weathered a number of storms in the past and were confident they could ride out Florence too.
NHC Director Ken Graham said on Facebook the storm surges could push in as far as 2 miles (3 km).
More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters.
A man also died while plugging in a generator in Pender County, and rescue crews were unable to reach a woman who had suffered a heart attack.
Officials say anyone who has not heeded mandatory evacuation orders is on his own. "If you're told to go, you need to go". The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.
"But I'm not afraid", he said.
The police chief of Wrightsville Beach suggested that those who chose to stay give him their next-of-kin contact information.
President Donald Trump has said protecting lives is his "absolute highest priority" and that the White House is standing by to offer affected states whatever help they ask for. "We're fully prepared. Food, medical, everything you can imagine, we are ready".
Rainfalls up to 40 inches (102 centimeters) in some places are expected in a region ranging from coastal North Carolina to northeastern SC, with flash flooding likely, according to the NHC.
"This is a very risky storm", said FEMA's Long, urging people still in evacuation zones to heed orders to flee to safer ground.
Being such a small number, first responders have made clear to them the situation when the storm makes its expected complete landfall by 8 a.m. Friday morning.
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Authorities say at least 20,000 people have evacuated their homes and are sought refuge in shelters throughout North Carolina. The Wilmington airport had a wind gust clocked at 105 miles per hour (169 kph), the highest since Hurricane Helene in 1958.
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Duke Energy, a local power company, estimated that up to three million customers could lose their supply as a result of Florence. More than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it is not clear how many left.
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Four shelters were now open, Roberts said, adding that dispatchers received a call for 17 people stranded all on one street. Government weather satellites captured this image of Hurricane Florence shortly after its landfall September 14, 2018.
She urged the Mnangagwa administration to "learn from its predecessor's mistakes" and act urgently before more lives are lost. President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who succeeded Mugabe, has pledged to revive the economy and improve public services.
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But one innovative weather report has been praised for showing exactlyhow high water levels could get thanks to the storm. More than 440,000 homes and businesses were without power in North and SC early on Friday, utility officials said.
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Most other beachgoers were long gone. "It's been really nice", Nicole Roland said. "You feel like you should have already left". Florence is predicted to make landfall tomorrow, with states of emergency in effect in North and SC and Virginia.
Hurricane Florence still poses grave threat despite weaker winds
That happened a year ago when Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 150 centimeters (60 inches) of rain on the Houston, Texas, area. The waves are produced by being trapped along with incredibly strong winds moving in the same direction as the storm's motion.
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But forecasters said its extreme size meant it could batter the US East Coast with hurricane-force winds for almost a full day. The Wilmington airport had a wind gust clocked at 105 miles per hour (169 kph), the highest since Hurricane Helene in 1958.
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Wind damage at the coast looks to be significat due to the threat of 70 to 105 miles per hour winds with event stronger gusts. Browning's choice to stay in the hurricane warning zone wasn't easy, she said, but she "could not find anywhere to go".
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