Monday, 19 November, 2018

White House Buckles in For Hurricane Florence

Astronauts had to use super wide-angle lens to photograph Hurricane Florence because it’s so huge White House Buckles in For Hurricane Florence
Cary Marshall | 14 September, 2018, 08:10

"They haven't seen anything like what's coming at us in 25-30 years, maybe ever", President Trump said while appearing with FEMA officials in the Oval Office on Tuesday.

"We'll handle it. We're ready, we're able, we've got the finest people I think anywhere in the world".

Despite newer forecasts showing the storm turning south, it has the potential to be devastating for the coast and inland areas.

"This rainfall would produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding", the hurricane center says.

The 8 a.m. forecast on Hurricane Florence reinforces projections that the storm's path will shift slightly to the southeast as it closes in on the Carolinas.

Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) is now in a Level 2 enhanced monitoring operation, officials told 11Alive.

Forecasters said hurricane-force winds will be blowing ashore early Friday as Florence stalls along the coast before dumping a torrential 1 to 2½ feet (0.3 to 0.6 meters) of rain. In addition to giving residents enough time to make it out, North and SC have enacted emergency price-gouging laws to keep business and gas stations from upping their prices in the lead-up to Florence's arrival.

The eastbound lanes of several major highways have been shut down to allow traffic to flow inland, but the exodus was slow along roads jammed with outward-bound vehicles.

Col. Glenn McNeill with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said troopers are on standby statewide to assist where needed.

"I do worry though about people here because many didn't prepare, you know, because originally they didn't think it was going to be so bad here", Sparks said.

More news: Florence to become extremely unsafe hurricane by Thursday -NHC

"Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion", the agency says.

"This one really scares me", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said.

While one man concluded: 'We are about to get pounded, but since we have absolutely no control over it, all you can do is laugh, and pray for the best'.

"Hugo was a direct hit", he said.

North Carolina's governor issued what he called a first-of-its-kind mandatory evacuation order for all of North Carolina's fragile barrier islands.

That funding can not be spent on disaster response, they said.

"If you don't have a plan in place, you still have time to do something", Jones said.

"Every county and every person in North Carolina needs to stay alert and take this storm seriously", Cooper said.

All three states ordered mass evacuations along the coast.

Even with some weakening that's predicted just before it makes landfall, the storm "is expected to remain a unsafe major hurricane as it approaches the coastline", the hurricane center said. Hurricane Helene was expected to weaken over the eastern Atlantic. Isaac could bring heavy rainfall to Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe.

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