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

Hurricane Florence impacts college football games in Carolinas, Virginia

Hurricane Florence impacts college football games in Carolinas, Virginia

If it remains at Category 4, Florence would be one the strongest hurricanes to make landfall in the continental USA this far north.

Winds and massive waves will pound coastal North and SC when Florence makes landfall on Friday, and its rains will take a heavy toll for miles inland, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned.

Businesses and homes in the storm's path were boarded up and thousands of people had moved to emergency shelters, officials said, urging anyone who remained near the coast to flee.

Florence continues to grow in size and strength, now poised to become the strongest hurricane in nearly 30 years to hit the Carolinas as more than 1 million people began fleeing the US coastline.

"The bottom line is that there is high confidence that Florence will be a large and extremely risky hurricane, regardless of its exact intensity", the hurricane center said.

"Due to potential emergency conditions that appear likely due to Hurricane Florence, South Carolina will make temporary exceptions to the regulations governing the importation and exportation of animals coming into and leaving South Carolina", Parr said.

The storm is now around 400 miles south of Bermuda and is moving at 16 mph (26 kph).

The tropical storm-force winds extend 280 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, which is far enough to reach from Boston to Philadelphia.

In addition to strong winds, Florence brings the threat of a devastating storm surge - as high as 6-12 feet in the area from Cape Fear, N.C., to Cape Lookout, N.C.

Crews also prepared 16 nuclear reactors in the three-state region for the storm.

"Florence is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 15 to 20 inches with isolated maximum to 30 inches near Florence's track over portions of North Carolina, Virginia, and northern SC through Saturday", says the National Hurricane Center.

For many people, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge: If Florence slows to a crawl, it could bring torrential rains all the way into the Appalachian mountains and as far away as West Virginia, causing flash floods, mudslides and other risky conditions in places that have already experienced lots of rain recently. A year ago, people would have laughed off such a forecast, but the European model was accurate in predicting 152cm of rain for Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area, so "you start to wonder what these models know that we don't", said University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy.

Florence would be the strongest storm to make landfall anywhere on the East Coast since 1992, when Hurricane Andrew hit.

Florence, a Category 4 hurricane packing 130 miles per hour winds, is churning ominously with its sights set on the Carolinas.

Because of the storm's potential damaging impacts, Pasquotank and Camden counties have joined the ranks of local governments in declaring a state of emergency.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster on Monday ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents. Unfortunately, the forecast is for the storm to stall out and drop a ton of rain in the Carolinas.

The largest airlines in the US aren't the only carriers waiving change fees for Florence.

#Florence is now a powerful Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour.

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. He said electric power could be out for weeks. "We are sparing no expense", said the president.

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