Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Hurricane Florence: Carolinas brace for 'storm of lifetime'

Hurricane Florence: Carolinas brace for 'storm of lifetime'

Hurricane-force winds began whipping North Carolina as federal emergency management officials warned that the hurricane remained a "very risky storm" capable of wreaking havoc along a wide swathe of the coast. Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles (130 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles (315 kilometers). Those plans likely won't come to fruition as the worst of the storm is expected to be in the Charlotte area by Saturday, with up to 10 inches of rain possible.

Florence is now moving to the northwest at 17 kilometers per hour.

Boarding up his home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Chris Pennington monitored the forecasts and tried to decide when to leave.

Antonio Ramirez, a construction worker from El Salvador living in Leland, North Carolina, said he planned to ride out the storm with his dog Canelo.

Family members, like other residents, expect to be bombarded with torrential rain possibly for days. Further inland, rain totals could reach 30 centimeters in the Carolinas, and up to 24 centimeters in the rest of the Carolinas and in southwestern Virginia.

Surges up to 4 meters could inundate Cape Fear, North Carolina to Cape Lookout, North Carolina, with smaller surges ranging from half a meter to 3 meters in coastal areas from Edisto Beach, South Carolina to coastal areas extending north into North Carolina.

A weather channel has painted a confronting picture of the worst case scenario for Hurricane Florence, which is now hitting the east coast of the United States.

The latest weather predictions show the storm slowing to a near standstill as it pummels the coast with "copious amounts of rain" from Thursday night to Saturday, said Mr Long. "So the potential impact from the surge has not changed because the system is weaker", he said.

Duke Energy says of the 20,000 people in place to help get the lights on after the storm, 1,200 came from Florida.

"Your time is running out", he warned those who had not yet heeded the warning to evacuate.

After a bit of cloud cover early tomorrow morning, we'll finally see the return to sunshine by Friday afternoon with high temperatures into the 70s for most locations.

Florence is a large hurricane.

Some people, such as Jennie, are refusing to heed evacuation warnings.

In the tiny community of Sea Breeze near Wilmington, Roslyn Fleming, 56, made a video of the inlet where her granddaughter was baptized because "I just don't think a lot of this is going to be here" later. "So, just because the rain starts letting up, don't assume everything's good and you can go back to your house in some low-lying area, and then be surprised by the river coming up".

"This water's over my head", the five-foot-two Navarro says as the storm surge rises to 6 feet.

Trinidadians living overseas are vigorously preparing themselves for the hurricane.

Leaders of the states in the path of the storm have warned people all week to evacuate the most susceptible areas.

As of Friday, emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. This is a life-threatening situation.

US President Donald Trump touted the government's readiness and urged people to get out of the way.

"The vast majority of the time the horses know what to do, and they are able to get to higher ground or protect themselves", said Gillikin.

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