Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Hurricane Florence weakens but deluges Carolinas ahead of landfall

Hurricane Florence weakens but deluges Carolinas ahead of landfall

Myrtle Beach International Airport in SC has also suspended commercial operations, and urges passengers to check with their airlines - not the airport - about upcoming itineraries.

Members of law enforcement work with the National Guard to direct traffic onto US Highway 501 as Hurricane Florence approaches the US east coast.

Hurricane Florence, now a Category 2 storm, is slowly approaching the US coast, and the storm's massive fury is on full display in video footage taken from the International Space Station.

It was located about 85 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and about 145 miles east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

There remains uncertainty regarding the precise track of Florence.

Forecasters say the center of the eye of Hurricane Florence is about to make landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina.

"We are completely ready for hurricane Florence, as the storm gets even larger and more powerful".

While the storm's winds will abate as it moves inland, they could continue to gust to tropical-storm-force - especially near its core. Storm surge warnings, hurricane warnings, and tropical storm warnings are in effect along the coast of the Carolinas.

At least 800 flights have been cancelled or grounded due to the storm's expected landfall, CNN reported.

We've pulled together some of the key elements that explain why officials are so anxious, and what damage Florence could cause. Showers and storms will increase in activity as the day progresses.

By the time it leaves, it's expected to have unloaded 10 trillion gallons of rainfall in North Carolina, meteorologist Ryan Maue said.

"That's not necessarily connected to global warming, but that's an indication of what we might see in the future more often", he said. Fayetteville could see up to 15 inches of rain and wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour.

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The main concerns for us from Florence will be moderately heavy rainfall, which will cause flooded roadways, strong gusty winds, coastal flooding, moderate potential for downed trees and widespread power outages, and unsafe travel conditions.

Homeless after losing her job at Walmart three months ago, 25-year-old Brittany Jones went to a storm shelter at a high school near Raleigh. Looking a little better on Sunday as high pressure builds in and pushes Florence over inland NC/SC. In any case, it will bring heavy rain and some gusty winds to the northern Mexico, Texas, and possibly part of Louisiana coast. We will continue to see lingering showers and storms to start the work week. Millions of people are expected to lose power and it could take weeks to resolve the outages.

Winds will ramp up today, stay strong through Friday, then slowly relax through the weekend.

Nags Head: 40-50 G60+.

Salvo, NC to North Carolina/Virginia Border: 2-4′.

Cape Lookout NC to Ocracoke Inlet NC: 6-9′.

A few tornadoes are possible in eastern North Carolina through Friday.

Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale on Thursday evening and was moving west at only 6 miles per hour (9 km/h). "A turn to the west-northwest and west at an even slower forward speed is expected tonight and Friday, and a slow west-southwestward motion is forecast Friday night and Saturday".

An outsized Hurricane Florence early on Thursday crept closer to the U.S. East Coast, packing tropical storm-force winds across hundreds of miles that threaten the region with potentially catastrophic flooding and torrential rain.

Florence is predicted to slow down and stall off the coast of North and SC before moving around off the shore on Thursday (Sept. 14), Friday (Sept. 15), and Saturday (Sept. 16). Maximum sustained winds are near 110 miles per hour with higher gusts.

"Do not focus on the wind speed category of Hurricane Florence!" the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, Florida wanted in a tweet.

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