Tropical bands from Florence begin lashing Carolinas

Christopher Davidson
September 13, 2018

But forecasters warned that the widening storm - and its likelihood of lingering around the coast day after day - will bring seawater surging onto land and torrential downpours.

Tropical Storm Isaac was east of the Lesser Antilles and expected to pass south of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Cuba, while Hurricane Helene was moving northward away from land. "There are approximately 800 line workers and tree personnel actively engaged in storm response preparations".

The storm's winds may have weakened in recent days - they are now at 110mph (175km/h) - but there are fears Florence's slow-moving nature could bring different problems.

A graphic of Hurricane Florence's path, generated today (Sept. 12) at 2 p.m. ET by the National Hurricane Center, shows an approximate representation of coastal areas under a hurricane warning (red), hurricane watch (pink), tropical storm warning (blue) and tropical storm watch (yellow).

Boeing evacuated several new 787-10 Dreamliner jets from its factory in North Charleston, South Carolina, to protect them from the storm. Some of the storm's wind and rain could even creep into eastern Georgia. Sustained winds remained at 90 miles per hour, but the storm - which was never expected to threaten the US coast - should begin to weaken over the next day and become a tropical storm on Thursday, forecasters said in an 11 a.m. advisory.

The downgraded status of the storm, which indicates that Hurricane Florence is moving at maximum sustained wind speeds of 110 miles per hour, means little in terms of its impact and deadly potential, according to Elliot Abrams, chief forecaster at Accuweather.

The first image carries a caption that the hurricane is so massive that the only way to get it in the entire frame was to use a super wide-angle lens.

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"With the storm expected to linger, power restoration work could take weeks instead of days".

The slow speed will give Florence time to pound the Carolinas with band after band of heavy rain, causing "catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding".

More than 10 million people are under watches and warnings, the Associated Press reported.

Like a bulldozer, the storm's winds and forward motion will push a tremendous amount of water onshore when it makes landfall. Some 3,000 people died in the aftermath of that storm.

The Union Point Park Complex is seen flooded as the Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, U.S., September 13, 2018.

The surge will result in "large areas of deep inundation. enhanced by battering waves", the Weather Service said. It could stall just off the coast and then drift south along the SC coast and possibly make a landfall as a weaker system if it doesn't make it clearly over the coast of North Carolina. But the storm surge will be no less devastating for homes and business located there.

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