As Florence Surges Forward, Rethinking What Hurricane Preparation Looks Like

Posted September 13, 2018

While Florence was slightly reduced in strength earlier from 140 miles per hour winds, meteorologists expect the hurricane to jump back to a Category 4 by Thursday morning.

The National Hurricane Center is forecasting that Hurricane Florence will slow to a crawl just off the coast of the Carolinas. "These enormous waves are produced by being trapped along with very strong winds moving in the same direction [as] the storm's motion".

The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said its trajectory continues to show that the centre of Hurricane Florence will most likely strike the southern coast of North Carolina by late Thursday or early Friday.

More than a million people have been urged to evacuate from the storm's path.

The city also is working on a debris removal plan and is coordinating with Duke Energy on how best to restore power after the storm passes, he said. "You're going to be displaced from your home in coastal areas".

Florence grows into major hurricane as it approaches East Coast
As of noon ET Monday, Florence was moving at 13 mph, some 575 miles south-southeast of Bermuda the hurricane center said . The storm won't be a threat to oil production but it could damage the east coast.

The hurricane is expected to weaken into a tropical depression as it continues westward into SC and Georgia.

The agency has warned of "life-threatening" storm surges along the south-eastern seaboard and freshwater flooding due to a "prolonged and exceptionally heavy rainfall event".

The footage was captured on Monday, September 10, as the storm bears down on mainland U.S., first heading towards North Carolina but now possibly veering slightly more towards SC.

Masters said there's a tug-of-war between two clear skies high pressure systems - one off the coast and one over MI - and the more the Great Lakes one wins, the more southerly Florence will be. Even if you've ridden out storms before, this one is different.

"He was thinking of coming here until this morning, and now he asked me if I wanted to come up there", he said.

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More than a million people are under mandatory evacuation orders, and coastal residents frantically boarded up homes and businesses and hit the road as the storm approached.

The slow movement, combined with the massive amount of moisture this storm holds, will bring risky rains - from 20 to 30 inches in coastal North Carolina, with 40 inches possible in isolated areas, the weather service says.

"The big picture: There are several characteristics of the changing climate that are helping to increase the risks of damage from Hurricane Florence, even though global warming is not directly causing such a storm to spin up".

Almost 1000 prisoners in SC will not be moved from their cells, despite a mandatory evacuation order in the area. The Virginia National Guard is planning to initially bring up to 1,500 soldiers and airmen to offer help in the state's response operations.

The Pirates next game is at South Florida on September 22.

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A satellite image showing Hurricane Florence in the Atlantic Ocean this week.