Florence Moves Toward the Carolinas

Florence Moves Toward the Carolinas

Florence Moves Toward the Carolinas

Florence's story won't end with landfall.

It's important to remember that hurricane forecasts for both track and intensity are still subject to change. "We've weathered tough hurricanes before, and we will do it again".

"This is a major storm system, and it will likely cause significant damage and disruption to the state highway system", Maryland State Highway Administrator Gregory Slater said. The compact storm was located 880 miles east of the Lesser Antilles Tuesday morning, with sustained winds of 70 mph. The initial damage is likely due come from the high winds and storm surge-high tides carried by the winds--and then by the vast soaking it will likely leave in both North and SC, as well as Virginia, as it moves slowly inland. By sunset Thursday and through most of Friday, our area will see the worst of the conditions, he said.

Authorities in coastal towns have told residents to pick up sandbags and in North Carolina they are already preparing bulldozers and chain saws in case they are needed in any future clean-up and rescue operations.

Once the storm makes landfall, the threats are far from over.

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Meanwhile, a storm surge watch was sent out for Edisto Beach in SC to the North Carolina-Virginia border as well as Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, including the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers. The difference in shoreline damage on the right versus the left side of the storm will be wonderful.

Trump tweeted to residents in the storm's path urging them to "please take all necessary precautions". Wave heights just offshore of the Carolinas will reach 20-to-40 feet or higher.

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Wind strength that high is catastrophic, with potential impacts including damage so severe that areas are left "uninhabitable for weeks or months", according to the hurricane center.

The storm was getting bigger and better organized and is expected to continue to strengthen for the next day or so, the NHC said.

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One of the hurricane models that forecasters use also shows this week ending before landfall. This means the incoming winds of a hurricane like Florence, can pile water up with comparative ease.

The center is predicting "tropical force winds" - in the 39 to 73 mph range - would reach the coast by late Wednesday and move inland within 24 hours. "It could even be Category 5 by the time it gets here", McMaster cautioned. So the land can't absorb much more water. The mountains of North Carolina will also help to rip this hurricane apart.

Florence could hit the Carolinas harder than any hurricane since Hazel packed 130 miles per hour (209 kph) winds in 1954.

Many coastal residents in North and SC have already evacuated.

"This is going to produce heavy rainfall, and it may not move very fast". For us here in the northeast, it actually looks like a nice weekend ahead.

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