The Buzz | Tropical bands from Florence begin lashing Carolinas

Leroy Wright
September 16, 2018

"Don't plan to leave once the winds and rains start".

At 6 miles per hour, Florence is taking its time making it to shore, but it's already causing life-threatening storm surges and bringing hurricane-force winds to the North Carolina coast. Rivers will continue to rise days after the rain has stopped, he said. "Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles (315 km)".

What is the latest on the storm?

More than 1 million people had been ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia and thousands have moved to emergency shelters. Of course in these situations, there can always be isolated spots which receive significantly more rainfall. Some of the storm's wind and rain could even creep into eastern Georgia.

The core was also about 60 miles (95 kilometers) east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina.

The Saffir-Simpson scale that meteorologists use to measure hurricanes reflects only the wind speeds involved in the storm, and right now Hurricane Florence's winds are hovering at maximum speeds of about 110 miles per hour (175 km/h).

The National Hurricane Center said a gauge in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, reported 6.3 feet (1.92 meters) of inundation.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for.

Hurricane conditions will likely hit the Carolina coast on Thursday night or early Friday.

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The American government is ready to deal with the aftermath of the hurricane but people should get out of the way, Trump said.

Here is the newest information on Tropical Storm Florence as it lands on the East Coast. The trend is "exceptionally bad news", said University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy, since it "smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge".

Allison James, who lives at Huntersville, Mecklenburg County in North Carolina, says based on reports this area would not be directly affected.

Areas along the coast from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, NC, including the Neuse, Pamlico, Pungo and Bay rivers may experience storm surges from 9 to 13 feet.

"Floodwaters may enter numerous structures, and some may become uninhabitable or washed away", the Weather Service warned. All that said, a saturated ground, even with tropical storm-force winds, will uproot trees.

The strongest winds will occur where and when the storm makes landfall in a ring around the calm eye of the storm known as the eyewall. Forecasters said this onslaught could last for days, leaving a wide area under water from both heavy downpours and rising seas.

"This is not going to be a glancing blow", Byard said, warning of power outages, road closures, infrastructure damage and potential loss of life. Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath.

Meanwhile, winds and rain were expected to arrive later in SC, and a few people were still walking on the sand at Myrtle Beach while North Carolina was getting pounded. As of Saturday, about 676,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina, along with 119,000 in SC.

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