Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Hurricane Florence closes in on USA east coast

Hurricane Florence closes in on USA east coast

The centre said the storm would dump as much as 40 inches (102 cm) of rain along coastal areas of the Carolinas, as well as up to 10 inches in southwestern Virginia.

Hours later, Mr Trump approved emergency declarations for both coastal states, a move allowing the release of federal funds and equipment to help protection and recovery efforts.

"The time to prepare is nearly over", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a morning news conference.

The National Hurricane Centre estimated Florence would blow ashore as early as Friday afternoon around the North Carolina-South Carolina line, then push its rainy way westward with a potential for catastrophic inland flooding.

Hurricane and tropical storm watches have been posted for several Caribbean islands as a weakening Tropical Storm Isaac continues its trek toward the Leeward and Windward Islands.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency "in light of the storm's forecasted southward track after making landfall".

Overall, risky storm surge is possible all the way from Edisto Beach, South Carolina, to the North Carolina/Virginia border.

In addition, preparing for hurricane-force winds is different than for storm surge, he said.

A hurricane watch is in effect for Edisto Beach, SC, to South Santee River, SC. Favorable wind patterns. Higher sea levels that exacerbate storm surge. However, the surge is expected to be accompanied by large and destructive waves, regardless of when the storm arrives.

The wide storm has weakened to a Category 2 hurricane and forecasters expect top winds to drop more as it nears the shore, but they're sharing a giant dose of uncertainty.

Tropical Storm Isaac appeared "poorly organized" and was weaker on the early morning hours of Wednesday Sep.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic basin, Tropical Storm Isaac will strike the islands of the Lesser Antilles, which are expected to experience tropical storm conditions and rainfall amounts of up to 6 inches. His remarks fell flat in Puerto Rico where islanders are continuing to struggle to recover a year after the Category 4 storm.

The new satellite imageries taken by NOAA uncovered Tropical Storm Isaac, a former hurricane, as it's moving towards the Caribbean, and Hurricane Helene swirling right off the coast of Africa as it's expected to fly further over the ocean before taking a turn towards Europe.

No. 3 US railroad operator CSX Corp provides service to the Port of Wilmington and will close the gates at its intermodal terminals in Savannah, Charlotte and Jacksonville on Wednesday evening, stopping inbound and outbound truck container traffic.

Another disturbance is swirling around in the Gulf of Mexico. The NHC is encouraging officials in northeastern Mexico, Texas and Louisiana to monitor its progress.

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