Saturday, 22 September, 2018

The startling stats that show the power of Hurricane Florence

Virginia Lawmakers Call on Trump to Declare Federal Emergency Ahead of Hurricane Florence \'Life-Threatening\' Hurricane Florence Now Forecast to Bring \'Catastrophic\' Flooding
Andrew Wong | 15 September, 2018, 19:15

Florence, a Category 4 storm with winds of 130 miles per hour (210 kph), was expected to make landfall on Friday, most likely in North Carolina near the SC border, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said. "Please be prepared, be careful and be SAFE!" the president tweeted. More than one million residents have been ordered to evacuate from coastal areas of the three states, closing university campuses, schools and factories.

North Carolina governor Roy Cooper said his state is "in the bullseye" and urged people to "get ready now". The very centre of Florence's bullseye may be Camp Lejeune, the sprawling Marine Corps training base.

"The levels are in pretty good shape to handle the rain, but it all depends on how much rain we get", Ashby said.

As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) showed the Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour moving WNW at 15 miles per hour.

According to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, people caught in a Category 4 storm can expect to see "catastrophic damage". In the six decades since then, many thousands of people have moved to the coast.

The storm's first effects were already apparent on barrier islands as unsafe rip currents hit beaches and seawater flowed over the road.

The slow-moving storm was about 905 miles (1,455 km) east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT), according to the NHC, which warned the storm was expected to strengthen with life-threatening storm surge possible along the coasts of North and SC. A hurricane watch is in effect for the North and SC coast. "This rainfall may produce life-threatening flash flooding".

Communities in Florence's path could lose electricity for weeks due to downed power lines and flooded equipment, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long said. "It's still a very powerful, major storm that we have to take seriously".

Airlines including American, Southwest, Delta and JetBlue are letting affected passengers change travel plans without the usual fees.

A Category 4 storm has sustained winds from 130-156 miles per hour.

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Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles. An area of showers and storms moving into the Gulf of Mexico will have a high chance of development (70%) by Thursday.

"Unfortunately, the models were right".

With little wind shear to pull the storm apart, Florence's hurricane wind field is expected to expand over the coming days, increasing its storm surge and inland wind threats.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Helene has maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour; however, it's expected to gradually weaken into Tuesday evening and is forecast to become a tropical storm by Thursday.

Early on Tuesday, Florence was centred about 975 miles east-south-east of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and moving west-north-west at almost 15mph.

As for the two other tropical storms spinning westward across the Atlantic - Isaac and Helene - both are also expected to steer clear of Canadian territory.

The storm will pick up additional strength as it passes over ocean water with sea surface temperatures of up to 85 degrees, the National Hurricane Center said.

In the Pacific, Olivia became a tropical storm again on a path to hit the Hawaiian islands early Wednesday.

Zone A includes low-lying areas of Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore.

Liz Browning Fox was planning to ride out the storm nevertheless on the Outer Banks.

Still, the hog industry disputes the idea that there's much environmental risk from the waste lagoons, said Andy Curliss, Chief Executive Officer of the North Carolina Pork Council. Three of them - Harvey, Irma and Maria - were major hurricanes that ravaged Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and many Caribbean islands.

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