Hurricane Florence from space: "A no-kidding nightmare"

14 Septembre, 2018, 16:25 | Auteur: Therese Cote

Since Tuesday, forecasts have shifted the storm track towards the south and southwest after it reaches the coast, which could increase the storm's severity in coastal SC through Myrtle Beach and Charleston and even into parts of Georgia.

Waves from Hurricane Florence pound the Bogue Inlet Pier in Emerald Isle, N.C., September 13, 2018. "The combination of a unsafe storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline". Its surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 11 feet of ocean water, and days of downpours could unload more than 3 feet of rain, touching off severe flooding.

"Some say North Carolina is getting a break, but we are on the wrong side of this story", he said.

And about 46 miles farther up the waterfront, in New Bern, about 150 people were waiting to be rescued from floods on the Neuse River.

Like Hurricane Harvey in 2017, Florence is expected to slow significantly when it reaches the coast, allowing the storm to dump a catastrophic amount of rain in the Carolinas.

In the meantime, "treat the inland flooding just as seriously as you would the storm surge", said Clark.

More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters. More trees will come down, more power lines will fall, and the number of power outages will go up, said Ken Graham, director of the National Hurricane Center. Heavy rains were forecast to extend into the Appalachian mountains, affecting parts of Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia.

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.

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Not everybody was heeding orders to evacuate, however.

"The idea of having to leave with my two cats and go somewhere for a week or more. once you leave, you don't know how many days it will be before you can return", a Wilmington resident named Kate tells VOA.

"In a matter of seconds, my house was flooded up to the waist, and now it is to the chest", said Peggy Perry, who along with three relatives, was trapped early Friday in her New Bern home, according to CNN.

"There's going to be really nowhere for anybody to go", said Chief House with Wrightsville Beach Police.

"This is an absolute life-threatening scenario".

"We'll handle it. We're ready".

Although the storm is approaching the USA coastline as a Category 2 hurricane after weakening from a Category 4 storm, that doesn't mean the storm will be gentle.

Officials have warned that the life-threatening storm could come with maximum sustained wind speeds of 90mph and carries a risk of "catastrophic" flooding.

"It will be historic", Baker said of the rain from Florence.

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