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A slow-moving Hurricane Florence will soak the Carolinas

12 September 2018, 10:38 | Ross Houston

From the National Weather Service

From the National Weather Service

The National Hurricane Center shows tropical storm force winds nearing our region by Saturday.

Officials say Hurricane Florence is likely to make landfall in southeastern North Carolina near the SC border. The weakening of the winds doesn't mean this isn't going to be a bad storm, though.

The cone, which represents the "probable track of the center of a tropical storm" is "formed by enclosing the area swept out by a set of circles along the forecast track (at 12, 24, 36 hours, etc)" the NHC says on its website.

"The last Atlantic hurricane to intensify as rapidly as far north as Florence's current location is Hurricane Humberto (2007)".

As of the 5am update from the National Hurricane Center, Florence is still a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour and gusts 160-170 miles per hour.

"The largest threat to life from hurricanes is not the high winds, flooding is the deadliest result of these storms".

The United States faced a series of high-powered hurricanes previous year, including Hurricane Maria, which killed some 3,000 people in Puerto Rico, and Hurricane Harvey, which caused an estimated US$1.25 billion in damage when it brought catastrophic flooding to Houston. "Water weighs approximately 1,700 pounds per cubic yard; extended pounding by frequent waves can demolish any structure not specifically created to withstand such forces".

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"With this storm, what's unique is it's forecast to stall. dropping copious amounts of rainfall across the Carolinas and into Virginia", Long said.

Hurricane Florence is still a few days out from making landfall, and as we've seen, the forecast tract has varied.

President Donald Trump on September 11 declared states of emergency for North and SC, to open avenues for federal aid.

He plans to board up his windows, hunker down and ride out the Category 4 storm - according to USA Today.

McMaster announced that he has submitted a request to President Trump for federal disaster declaration, which once approved would clear the way for federal funds and assistance for any damage caused by the storm. Older metal builds and concrete buildings without reinforcements could collapse, the Weather Channel notes. As it turns into southern SC.

More than 1.5 million people have been ordered to evacuate coastal areas ahead of the storm, due to both destructive winds and a storm surge that could place normally dry land under ten feet of water.

German astronaut Alexander Gerst posted photos of the massive hurricane, which is now a category four storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, online from space.



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