Hurricane Florence: Four reasons to fear this storm

Hurricane Florence: Four reasons to fear this storm

"We will have catastrophic effects".

As Americans in North and SC begin to feel the effects of Hurricane Florence, The Weather Channel has reminded viewers of how unsafe storm surges can be.

The NHC said the threat of tornadoes was increasing as Florence neared shore and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said the heavy rain could trigger landslides in the west of his state.

But the National Hurricane Center is still warning of life-threatening storm surges, with as much as 11ft of ocean water expected to cover the Carolina coast.

Florence is one of four named storms in the Atlantic. Forecasters said that given the storm's size and sluggish track, it could cause epic damage akin to what the Houston area saw during Hurricane Harvey.

The storm made landfall Friday at 7:15 a.m. ET just south of Wrightsville Beach - about 6.5 miles due east for Wilmington, North Carolina.

It is the storm's movement and not its strength that has forecasters and officials anxious.

"The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of onshore winds, where the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves".

The expected heavy rainfall would produce both flash flooding and river flooding that could in turn cause an environmental disaster, if the water inundates the region's many industrial waste sites and hog manure ponds.

Florence is moving toward the northwest around 17 miles per hour and is expected to make landfall on Carolinas late Thursday night into early Friday morning. Millions of people have evacuated to inland communities as the storm churns westward. Millions of people are expected to lose power and it could take weeks to resolve the outages.

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Not everyone was taking Florence too seriously: About two dozen locals gathered Thursday night behind the boarded-up windows of The Barbary Coast bar as Florence blew into Wilmington. Hurricane-force winds extended 90 miles (150 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles (315 kilometers). Another 400 people were in shelters in Virginia, where forecasts were less dire.

The Pentagon has dispatched two ships and a Marine unit offshore to provide help if needed.

Rescue helicopters and trucks that can navigate floodwaters are also standing by.

- SCEMD (@SCEMD) September 13, 2018The President reinforced this is a risky storm, and everyone in evacuation areas should follow the advice of Governor McMaster to evacuate while there is still time.

The storm was about 100 miles southeast of Wilmington and had maximum sustained winds of 100 mph, which is slightly weaker than earlier Thursday, the briefing said. "If you're called to go, you need to go". Some morons will undoubtedly ignore the warnings putting rescuers at risk to get them out.

The police chief of Wrightsville Beach suggested that those who chose to stay give him their next-of-kin contact information.

"This is an absolute life-threatening scenario. We are ready. We're as ready as anybody's ever been".

"The weather is a visceral, physical thing, and we're trying to recreate that in the most realistic way possible", The Weather Channel'svice president of design Michael Potts told The Verge. We are staying here to keep you up to date'.

Florence is forecast to significantly weaken as it crawls across central South Carolina Saturday. His home, built 1 mile inland in 2016, is raised 25 feet off the ground and is built to withstand 140-mph winds, he said.

The police chief of a barrier island in Florence's bulls'-eye said he was asking for next-of-kin contact information from the few residents who refused to leave.

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