Hurricane Florence Shifts South as Carolinas Hunker Down
15 Septembre, 2018, 00:13 | Auteur: Therese Cote
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Large and unsafe, Hurricane Florence is drawing closer to the coast of the Carolinas, where it threatens to become the most intense storm to strike the region in at least 25 years, since Hugo. CNN showed the scene, a small brick house.
"We've seen nor'easters and we've seen hurricanes before", Mr Cooper said, "but this one is different".
After landfall, Florence slowed to a pace that meant it would plague the area with days of flooding.
Florence is so wide that a life-threatening storm surge was being pushed 300 miles ahead of its eye, and so wet that a swath from SC to OH and Pennsylvania could get deluged.
Hurricane Florence, on track to become the first Category 4 storm to make a direct hit on North Carolina in six decades, howled closer to shore on Wednesday, as schools and factories were being shuttered and authorities ordered more than 1 million people in the region to evacuate.
As of 8am local time, it was centred about 170 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina and about 220 miles east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, moving north west at 12mph.
More than a million people have been ordered to evacuate coastal areas ahead of the arrival of Florence, which boasts sustained winds of 130 miles per hour.
As of Tuesday, about 1.7 million people in North and SC and Virginia were under warnings to evacuate the coast, and hurricane watches and warnings extended across an area with about 5.4 million residents.
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That system could develop into a tropical depression by Thursday night.
He warned people in surrounding areas to "remain vigilant" and expect flash floods at the start of next week.
"Against my better judgment, due to emotionalism, I evacuated", he said.
"Where else can we go?" she said. "These are folks who are maybe in one-story buildings and they're seeing the floodwaters rise".
"It's insane", he said in a phone interview.
People across the region rushed to buy bottled water and other supplies, board up their homes, pull their boats out of the water and get out of town.
The Post and Courier: "Charleston area should prepare for at least some flooding from Hurricane Florence" - "While predictions show Hurricane Florence heading for North Carolina, the amount of rainfall it could send Charleston's way carries a potential for flooding". 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.
Florence had been a Category 3 hurricane with 120 miles per hour winds on Thursday but dropped to Category 1 before coming ashore.
People in areas vulnerable to a risky hurricane have left or are fleeing ahead of the storm's expected Friday or Saturday landfall. Significant weakening is expected over the weekend.
Up to 1.7 million people are under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders, and coastal residents were frantically boarding up homes and businesses and hitting the road on Wednesday as the storm approached. The zones in Florida, Long Island, and southern New England are far enough removed from the storm's influence to benefit from the swell and more favorable conditions.
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FEMA has warned that while downgraded, the storm will still generate life threatening storm surge and rainfall in North and SC . A tweet from the NWS said the storm would be "a marathon vs. a sprint" as it hovered over the area dumping heavy rainfall.
The Category 4 storm is expected to make landfall in North Carolina Thursday and may be the costliest hurricane in US history. Homeland Security press secretary Tyler Houlton denied that DHS shifted disaster relief funding away from FEMA .
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