Trump declares administration ‘completely ready’ for Hurricane Florence

13 September, 2018, 16:26 | Author: Ann Santiago
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Hurricane Florence is moving closer to the coast of North and SC, where it is expected to bring a life-threatening storm surge, the US National Hurricane Center said.

Fishel said the storm is now expected to make landfall along the North Carolina coast overnight Thursday as a Category 2 storm, but there is a potential for the storm to regain strength before doing so.

Early Wednesday afternoon in North Carolina, the storm was centered 700 kilometers (435 miles) off the coast, moving at 26 kph (16 mph) towards the USA coastline.

There are concerns that it could knock out power for weeks. "Everyone was sold out", she said.

ESRI created a tracker to estimate just how many people would be affected by the storm's path given key demographic data from the area inside the error cone. The more it stalls, the more it rains.

Trump said the federal government was "absolutely, totally prepared" for Florence. "I want to get them as far away as possible".

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Trump has urged those in the path of Hurricane Florence to act now to 'get out of its way'.

About 3,000 National Guard members have been activated to assist with hurricane recovery, and more are on standby, officials said. The Category 4 storm is likely to produce "catastrophic" flooding in the eastern Carolinas, as well as destructive winds.

The storm's surge, the rise in sea water above normally dry land at the coast, could reach up to 13 feet at peak.

Enough rain could fall to break North Carolina's record for a tropical storm - 24 inches - set near Wilmington during Hurricane Floyd in 1999, said Greg Carbin, chief of forecast operations at the Weather Service's national prediction center.

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".

Forecasts showed the storm lingering near the coast of the Carolinas, carrying days of heavy rains that could bring intense inland flooding from SC to Virginia.

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But the biggest danger could be life-threatening storm surges.

Tens of thousands of homes and businesses could be flooded in North Carolina alone, Governor Cooper said.

The videos reiterate how powerful and unsafe these storms can be.

"We are not in a flood plain and because it's not coming directly at us so I think we're going to be OK", she said. Florence has weakened a bit over 24 hours, but it's also grown even larger - and it will likely dump torrential rain over North and SC through Monday. "You're going to be displaced from your home in coastal areas".

2 a.m.: At 2 a.m., The National Hurricane Center said Florence was moving northwest at 17 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour. And if local officials recommend evacuation, evacuate immediately.

Industrial waste, including toxic ash from power plants, could also be spread by flooding from the massive storm, which has caused mandatory evacuations of coastal areas in both Carolinas and Virginia, the AP reports.

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