What scares experts about Hurricane Florence

Leroy Wright
September 15, 2018

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. Much of Hampton Roads and parts of northeastern North Carolina are no longer in the storm's forecast cone. Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said.

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand.

A storm surge watch is in effect for Edisto Beach, SC, to South Santee River, SC, and for north of Duck, NC, to the North Carolina/Virginia border. Till now as many as 1.7 million people have evacuated the region. "My wife's in a panic right now".

That system could develop into a tropical depression by Thursday night. "And we had no belief it would be as significant an event as it was", he said.

Then, as the high-pressure system steering Florence weakens, the hurricane is expected to hang out inland for days, showering the region with rain much like Hurricane Harvey did to Houston past year.

Some 7,000 guard members are ready to mobilize in North Carolina, while 1,100 will be activated in SC.

As of 2 p.m. EDT today (Sept. 12), Florence was a Category 3 hurricane with winds of 125 mph (205 km/h) at its location about 435 miles (700 kilometers) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm.

In the USA raging hurricane "Florence"
Florence had been a Category 3 hurricane with 120 miles per hour winds on Thursday but dropped to Category 1 before coming ashore. Overall, unsafe storm surge is possible all the way from Edisto Beach, South Carolina , to the North Carolina/Virginia border.

All eyes are on Hurricane Florence as it barrels towards the Carolinas.

More than 22,600 people were housed in 150 shelters statewide, including schools, churches and Wake Forest University's basketball arena.

For example, the seas off of Wilmington, North Carolina have risen 7.5 inches since 1935, according to NOAA.

North Carolina governor Roy Cooper told locals not to "bet your life on riding out a monster", with ferocious winds set to batter the shoreline.

The time to prepare is nearly over, he said. Trump plans a visit to the region next week.

Florence is unusual in that it is aiming at the Carolinas from the east. Tropical Storm Olivia is approaching the Hawaiian islands, the Philippines are bracing for the powerful typhoon Mangkhut, and Tropical Storm Isaac is nearing the Leeward Islands.

Masters said there's a tug-of-war between two clear skies high pressure systems - one off the coast and one over MI - and the more the Great Lakes one wins, the more southerly Florence will be.

Florence is expected to make landfall late Thursday or early Friday (Sept. 13 or 14), likely as a Category 3 hurricane, meaning it will have winds blowing at a minimum of 111 miles per hour (178 km/h), Samson said.

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