Hurricane Florence Timeline: What to Expect From the Storm Through the Weekend

Sep 14, 2018, 19:01
Hurricane Florence Timeline: What to Expect From the Storm Through the Weekend

Forecasters said that given the storm's size and sluggish track, it 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 waste sites and hog-manure ponds. And that's just the prelude to untold days of misery.

- The outer bands of Hurricane Florence, which has downgraded to a Category 2 storm, have reached the Carolina coastline as of Thursday morning.

The powerful hurricane bearing down on the east coast of the United States has led airlines to cancel more than 1,245 flights and waive change fees for travellers affected by the storm, USA Today reports. Storm surge warnings, hurricane warnings, and tropical storm warnings are in effect along the coast of the Carolinas.

By the time it leaves, it's expected to have unloaded 10 trillion gallons of rainfall in North Carolina, weather.us meteorologist Ryan Maue said. Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles (130 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles (315 kilometers).

"It's cumulative damage", Myers said.

Michele Johnson said she's anxious about her husband, but "I think he's OK with me going, so I don't stress him out more". So will the trees. Downed power lines have also been reported in the area.

Tropical-force winds extend 200 miles from the middle of the storm, meaning coastal North Carolina is already feeling their power. Sprinkle says rain from the storm will begin in eastern parts of the Charlotte area near Rockingham in the mid-afternoon hours Friday. We have to remember, Florence is a very large storm.

Officials in the potential path of Florence urged people to evacuate their coastal homes and directed drivers away from the coast.

But North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned: "Don't relax, don't get complacent".

Into the weekend, as the winds start to slacken at the coast and the surge subsides, the rains are likely to keeping coming.

Emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

O'Shaughnessy, head of US Northern Command, said search and rescue would be a top priority, but weather may prevent rescuers from getting in during the hours immediately after the storm hits.

Terrifying as the situation is (I am regularly checking on my folks, who abandoned Charleston for the highlands of North Carolina), there is a silver lining.

Myrtle Beach's courses accounted for half of the $2.7 billion in economic output that golf generated for the SC economy in 2015, according to a report from the state's Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. The highest surge will coincide with high tide.

Farther from the epicenter, surges between 6-to-9 feet are expected near Myrtle Beach and Ocracoke Inlet.

He says: "If Mama and Grandma are going, then a lot of people are leaving". "Flooding is nearly guaranteed". The crew was near Wilmington, North Carolina, on Wednesday, she said. She packed up what she could and took a ferry.

"Do you want to get hit with a train or do you want to get hit with a cement truck?" said Jeff Byard, an administrator with the country's Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The image was captured by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, now living and working onboard the International Space Station.

There are now four named storms in the Atlantic basin with subtropical storm Joyce named Wednesday, and two areas of disturbed weather with chances of development. "A turn to the west-northwest and west at an even slower forward speed is expected tonight and Friday, and a slow west-southwestward motion is forecast Friday night and Saturday".

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