Hurricane Florence: Over 188,000 without power as monster storm batters Carolinas

14 Septembre, 2018, 20:34 | Auteur: Therese Cote

The effects of Hurricane Florence have already arrived on the East Coast of the United States, where massive floods have already begun and as much asthe National Hurricane Center forecasts 40 inches of rain and 11 feet of flooding from the storm surge.

An estimated million people have fled parts of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia in fear of the hurricane's impacts.

As Florence drew near, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted that FEMA and first responders are "supplied and ready", and he disputed the official conclusion that almost 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico, claiming the figure was a Democratic plot to make him look bad. The winds had been as high as 140 miles per hour earlier in the week.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned that "disaster is at the doorstep" and pleaded with residents and tourists alike not to underestimate the threat to life Florence poses. "To those in the storm's path, if you can hear me, please stay sheltered in place".

The Verge says the Weather Channel has partnered with augmented reality company The Future Group to create the videos, which use the Unreal Engine, a video game development platform seen in many popular games today. He said only about 300,000 of the 700,000 people who live in the mandatory evacuation zone have left.

Don't relax, don't get complacent.

In the video, the astronauts expressed awe at the size of the storm, while also pointing out Isaac, a former tropical storm now making its way through the Caribbean. But the real story of the storm is the deluge its already created, and will continue to add to in the coming days. It has garnered the attention of people not just in the USA but from people around the globe.

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Forecasters said Florence's surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 3.4 metres of ocean water, and days of downpours could unload more than 900mm of rain, touching off severe flooding.

It was set to inundate nearly all of North Carolina in several feet of water, State Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference, while National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear predicted up to eight months of rain in two or three days. "We are going to be very very very limited in terms of responding".

The cone of probability for Hurricane Florence as of 11:00 p.m. EDT, Sept. 13, 2018. The storm has weakened to a Category 1, with wind speeds of 90 miles per hour.

The storm will be a test of President Donald Trump's administration less than two months before elections to determine control of Congress.

The hurricane was seen as a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as sluggish and unprepared for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico previous year. "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000".

"There is still time, but not a lot of time", said Derrec Becker of the South Carolina Department of Emergency Management.

He warned residents to be prepared for mass power outages that could last for days or weeks, echoing the sentiments shared by Duke Energy on Wednesday.

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