Florence Moves Toward the Carolinas

Florence Moves Toward the Carolinas

With maximum sustained winds of 130mph Florence is a Category 4 hurricane, but according to the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) winds could reach up to 155 miles per hour becoming a Category 5 hurricane before it makes landfall. At 2pm Tuesday afternoon, Florence was located 845 miles (1360km) southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina.

CoreLogic's analysis of the path and intensity of the storm indicates that a wide swath communities along the East Coast, ranging from Charleston, South Carolina to Virginia Beach, Virginia, are vulnerable.

The centre of the massive storm is forecast to make landfall late Thursday or early Friday along a stretch of coastline already saturated by rising seas, and then meander for days, inundating several states and triggering life-threatening floods.

From the livestock industry, one environmental impact from the storm could be from the lagoons, or lined earthen pits, that hold treated manure.

The winds cover an area more than 53,000 square miles - which is larger than the entire state of North Carolina.

"As I tweeted with Harvey last year.it is important to understand the potential one-two punch from Hurricane Florence", University of Georgia meteorologist Marshall Shepherd said.

Once the storm makes landfall, the threats are far from over.

The hurricane watch notice is significant because it signals the opening of a 48-hour window for the expected first arrival of tropical storm-force winds. It was a potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm but was expected to keep drawing energy from the warm water and intensify to near Category 5, which means winds of 253kmh or higher.

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Florence is also expected to bring heavy flooding across the region.

A flawless storm of unfortunate circumstances means Florence could deal a devastating blow to the Southeast.

This week is the expected peak of hurricane season, according to forecasters, so seeing these active storms churning through the Atlantic right now isn't fully unexpected. He says that "over the years the state government and the federal government have become very coordinated in their ability to manage the pre-deployment of assets (and) the response to the citizens of those states, and we will soon be into the recovery".

Residents prepared by boarding up their homes and stocking up on food, water and other essentials, stripping grocery store shelves of merchandise. It says total rainfall could reach 30 inches in some places, prompting life-threatening flash flooding from SC to Northern Virginia. Schools in 26 of the state's 46 counties were ordered closed from Tuesday.

There was little change in Florence's track during the 11 a.m. forecast from the National Hurricane Center.

President Trump approved an emergency declaration for North Carolina on Monday, and tweeted that his administration will be there for to help those in need. Officials said that motorists can expect a "brief, but possibly dramatic" spike in prices. "It is an extremely, dangerous, life-threatening, historic hurricane", said North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.

Hurricane Florence continues to grow in size and magnitude as it barrels toward the U.S. East Coast.

Trojniar said she and her husband were packing up belongings and plan to stack sandbags around their single-floor home in Wilmington's eerily named Landfall neighbourhood near the ocean before checking into a hotel to ride out the storm, with plenty of wine.

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