Dans l'œil de Florence: les images d'un chasseur d'ouragans

14 Septembre, 2018, 13:35 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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Tout comme 1,7 millions d'habitants de Caroline du Nord, les résidents de la ville côtière ont le plus souvent quitté leur maison, à l'exception de quelques uns. Cette webcam, située à 55 kilomètres au large de la Caroline du Nord, dans la Frying Pan Tower, se trouve au beau milieu de la trajectoire prévue de Florence, l'ouragan qui se dirige actuellement vers la côte est américaine. Un ouragan qui reste très dangereux et puissant " L'eau charriée quand il était de catégorie 4 est déjà en approche. Environ 1,7 million de personnes ont donc été sommées de se mettre à l'abri, loin du littoral. Une dangereuse marée de tempête ainsi que des vents violents sont attendus le long des côtes de la Caroline du Sud à la Caroline du nord, des crues et inondations potentiellement catastrophiques sont à craindre et une énergique houle cyclonique déferle sur les Bermudes et sur une partie de la côte est des Etats-Unis ce weekend. L'eau devrait monter entre 1,8 et 2,7 m au plus fort de la tempête, selon le NHC. Certains faisaient même du surf sur les premières grosses vagues amenées par l'ouragan, qui était à 230 km de la plage à 00H00 GMT.

Comme à Wilmington, la célèbre station balnéaire de Caroline du Sud ressemblait à une ville-fantôme: rues désertes, stations-essence fermées et fenêtres calfeutrées.

Jeff Cunningham avait choisi de rester sur son bateau, amarré dans la marina de North Myrtle Beach. J'ai tout le nécessaire, 200 gallons (750 litres, NDLR) d'eau, un générateur... Pour ceux qui n'ont pas voulu ou pu partir, plusieurs centres d'accueil ont été mis en place dans les écoles et gymnases des villes.

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WILMINGTON, N.C. - Le temps est maintenant compté avant l'arrivée de l'ouragan Florence, une tempête qualifiée de monstre qui pourrait affecter plus de 10 millions d'habitants. Près de 3.000 électriciens étaient arrivés jeudi en renfort de plusieurs États voisins pour rétablir le courant une fois l'ouragan passé, a indiqué la compagnie sur Twitter. Plus de 1000 vols ont déjà été annulés à l'approche de l'ouragan, selon les médias américains.

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