Did Hurricane Florence cancel your flight? It’s time to pay attention

Christopher Davidson
September 14, 2018

More than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate over the past few days, and the homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.

By late Thursday afternoon, the Carolina coasts can expect winds stronger than 80 miles per hour.

Hurricane Florence is battering the Carolina coast, but the eye of the storm will move over land overnight on Thursday into early Friday morning. The ISS is now orbiting at an altitude of about 400 km above the surface of the Earth meaning it has an incredible view of Hurricane Florence as it rages.

The National Hurricane Center warned the threat of tornadoes was increasing as Florence neared shore and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said the heavy rains could trigger landslides in the western part of his state.

What also makes Florence extremely risky are the deadly storm surges, mammoth coastal flooding and historic rainfall expected far inland.

"The magnitude of the storm is beyond what we have seen in years", said Howard Fowler, Duke Energy's incident commander. He added later, "Most of the fatalities in these tropical systems is water".

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Hurricane Florence's eye was slightly more than 100 miles from Wilmington, according to a 2 p.m. briefing by the National Hurricane Center. For a Category 2 storm, that means sustained winds of 154-177 km/h (96-110 mph). South Carolina's state capital Columbia is at only 89m (292ft). "A turn toward the west-northwest and west at an even slower forward speed is expected by tonight and continuing into Friday, and a slow west-southwestward motion is forecast Friday night and Saturday", the bulletin said.

The storm's centre was about 180km east of Wilmington, North Carolina, at 2pm local time (18:00 GMT) but tropical storm-strength winds and heavy rains already were hitting North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier islands. But while the storm is predicted to pass near Wilmington, North Carolina, the majority of surge-related flooding will actually be to north near Pamlico Sound. The surge won't be as bad as it potentially could have been, however, and the winds won't be as strong.

In the Carolinas, forecasters said that given the storm's size and a likely sluggish track, the hurricane could cause epic damage akin to what the Houston area saw during Hurricane Harvey just over a year ago, with floodwaters swamping homes and businesses and washing over industrial and farm waste sites.

The storm surge - often the most perilous risk to life posed by any hurricane - is expected to inundate areas along the coast with saltwater that's 9-13 feet deep, from Cape Fear, N.C., to Cape Lookout, N.C.

A clip from the Weather Channel has gotten a lot of attention today for the way the channel is informing viewers about the dangers of storm surge as Hurricane Florence hits. US President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed declarations of emergency for North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, freeing up federal resources for storm response.

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