How big is Hurricane Florence?

15 Septembre, 2018, 04:01 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Thursday: Hurricane Florence now Category 2, here's the latest on flash flooding, storm surge, tornadoes

Forecasters also said the Category 1 storm's extreme size meant it could batter the U.S. East Coast with hurricane-force winds for almost a full day.

"This storm is a monster".

Although wind speeds have dropped - Florence was a Category 4 on Monday with 140 miles per hour winds - the National Hurricane Center warned wind fields are still expanding, and the hurricane has more total energy, which will "create a significant storm-surge event".

Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind, and he said it will still be an extremely unsafe storm for rain and storm surge.

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm and more than 1 million were ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia, jamming westbound roads and highways for miles.

"It's going to be bad", said Woody White, a county commissioner. "We'll handle it. We're ready, we're able".

The News & Observer reports that the storm's path shifted early Wednesday and it is now bearing down on southern North Carolina and northern SC, where it could dump up to 40 inches of rain in places.

There is also a "slight" risk of tornadoes along the coastal region between Southport and Surf City, along with a "marginal" risk several miles inland, through Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender counties, according to the National Weather Service.

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. "The power will go off. Infrastructure will be damaged".

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Croix beginning Thursday evening. "There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect", said the NHC in its 11 a.m. Hurricane Florence isn't the only storm threatening lives and property around the world.

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Duke Energy told Fox News 3 million customers, which represents about 75 percent of their customers in the Carolinas, could lose power.

At 11.00pm (0300 GMT), the eye of the storm was 280 miles (450km) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving northwest at 17 mph.

After making landfall this Friday (Sept. 14), the massive storm will now "wobble" southward and then head west, making a "big, grand tour" of the southeastern United States, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) meteorologist Kevin Scasny said in a statement released today (Sept. 12). Reacting to the possibility of a more southerly track, Georgia Gov.

Forecasters say the storm poses such a threat because it is expected to slow down and hover for almost two days over the Carolina coast, before dipping south towards Georgia.

The governors of the Carolinas, Virginia, Maryland and Georgia all declared states of emergency. Although it weakened slightly Wednesday afternoon, forecasters do not expect Florence's strength to change much before it comes ashore near the North Carolina-South Carolina border. "There's nobody left to work". Spokesman Howard Fowler said restoration could take "weeks instead of days", even though 20,000 workers, including crews from outside the area, were standing by. "The building's solid and Buddha will protect us". It's called Mother Nature.

In a trailer park outside Wilmington, Alondra Espinoza was preparing to leave with her two young children. "It wants to get stronger", he said of the storm.

"I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Florence", Deal said. "If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't have minded staying here".

Their entire neighborhood evacuated in Wilmington, David and Janelle Garrigus planned to ride out Florence at their daughter's one-bedroom apartment in Charlotte.

Helene was weakening, however, and posed no danger to land, the NHC said, while Isaac could bring heavy rain to Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe.

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