Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

These 4 reasons make Hurricane Florence extremely risky

These 4 reasons make Hurricane Florence extremely risky

The National Hurricane Center says a new report from an Air Force Reserve Unit hurricane hunter aircraft indicates that Hurricane Florence's top sustained winds have decreased slightly to 130 miles per hour (215 kph), with higher gusts.

"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.

If the storm tracks further west than anticipated, weather along the Cumberland Plateau could turn "a bit more showery and breezy", the NWS said, "but for now things are looking pretty good for the Mid-State".

"The coast could see 10-to-12 feet of storm surge plus tides, and cause quite a mess across a stretch of the coast from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout and western Pamlico Sound", he said. It took Matheson and her husband almost the whole day Monday to drive the 60 miles (100 kilometres) off the barrier island. A year ago, people would have laughed off such a forecast, but the European model was accurate in predicting 60 inches (150 centimetres) for Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area, so "you start to wonder what these models know that we don't", University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy said. That would be Florence's storm surge, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said. "Please be prepared, be careful and be SAFE!"

President Trump met with federal disaster officials at the White House on Tuesday.

North Carolina governor Roy Cooper said his state was "in the bullseye" of the storm and urged people to "get ready now".

"Unlike Puerto Rico they have very strong power companies", he said of the Carolinas and Virginia.

If the storm makes landfall as a Category 4 in North Carolina, it will be the strongest hurricane on record to make landfall that far north.

Florence is now at a Category 4 level, the second highest classification on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, with winds now at 130 miles per hour (209 kilometers per hour). In the six decades since then, many thousands of people have moved to the coast.

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A state of emergency being declared in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

"This is going to produce heavy rainfall, and it may not move very fast".

Half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and numerous hog farms are on the storm's path.

MEAC commissioner Dennis Thomas said the game called off due to Hurricane Florence's approach, citing health and safety considerations for the players and fans.

Overnight, Florence went through an "eyewall replacement cycle", senior hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart said in an update from the hurricane center on Tuesday.

The hurricane season officially runs from June 1 to November 30, when the waters of the Atlantic Ocean are warm enough to produce tropical cyclones. Information gathered Tuesday by a hurricane-hunting aircraft suggests it will intensify again as it nears the coast, approaching the 157 miles per hour (253 kph) threshold for a worst-case Category 5 scenario.

Tuesday afternoon, lanes were reversed on USA 501 and three other SC highways as residents of the coastal area fled from Hurricane Florence, a raging tropical cyclone that is expected to deliver a crippling blow to a large swath of the Mid-Atlantic Coast and inland areas today (Thursday) and tomorrow.

The largest airlines in the USA aren't the only carriers waiving change fees for Florence. Even normal water is warm enough for a storm to form there, but this adds to the storm's fuel and its rainfall.

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