More than a thousand flights canceled in advance of Hurricane Florence

More than a thousand flights canceled in advance of Hurricane Florence

More than a thousand flights canceled in advance of Hurricane Florence

During that time 70 to 110mph winds are expected.

Conditions will deteriorate through Thursday (local time): Starting along the coast, winds will accelerate, the rain will intensify, and the ocean will surge ashore. So as you can see, they're forecasting a major landfalling storm - Category 3 or 4 storm at landfall.

The full impact of storm surge on the coast will depend on whether the storm's arrival coincides with high tide. It is poised to slow to a crawl there and then drift to the southwest, unloading disastrous amounts of rain.

But despite the drop in wind strength, the most risky threat comes from Florence's rains and storm surge, which could bring flooding far inland. Also, the hurricane-force winds and tropical storm-force winds have been expanding. "So will the power lines, as the trees fall down". "This rainfall would produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding", the National Hurricane Center said.

Up to 1.7million residents on the eastern seaboard have been scrambling to evacuate their homes as government officials warned the hurricane would deliver a "Mike Tyson punch" to South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

The storm has pretty much followed the forecast track through now, but the issue will be Thursday or Friday as it nears the coast and the steering currents collapse.

Florence is forecast to move slowly over the Carolinas after making landfall Thursday night or Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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As of 8 p.m., the storm was centered 335 miles (540 kilometers) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving northwest at 16 mph (26 kph).

The East Coast isn't the only area facing the brunt of a storm.

Although the storm is approaching the US coastline as a Category 2 hurricane after weakening from a Category 4 storm, that doesn't mean the storm will be gentle. This includes Wilmington. A hurricane watch extends into the Charleston area.

"I am not convinced that climate change has an identifiable effect on speed or storm track".

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

"It's still going to be the same result with the amount of water that's being pushed on shore", he explained.

If the European model is true or the overall trend persists, University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy said it "is exceptionally bad news, as it smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge".

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Several of the images were taken when the ISS was directly over the eye of the hurricane. Similar declarations were made earlier in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

The study of how hurricanes are worsening, especially when it comes to rainfall, is important for coastal communities and cities that continue to be highly unprepared.

WCNC-TV meteorologist Brad Panovich told WFAE Morning Edition host Marshall Terry that the shift of Florence means more rain for the Charlotte area.

"Don't plan to leave once the winds and rain start", said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.

In recent years, predictions about a storm's trajectory, which arises from the weather's natural variability, have improved due to better understanding of the atmosphere and its rivers of air.

To retire a storm name - and have it removed from the list - the hurricane must be "so deadly or costly that the future use of its name on a different storm would be inappropriate for obvious reasons of sensitivity", according to the NHC.

The storm has weekend to a Category 2 storm with max sustained winds of 105mph.

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