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14 September 2018, 02:09 | Justin Tyler
Enlarge At 8:15am ET on Thursday morning a less organized Florence approaches the North Carolina
"Don't plan to leave once the winds and rains start".
The storm's centre is expected to make landfall Friday (local time) in southeast North Carolina, which will coincide with the most severe effects. "Life-threatening storm surge and rainfall expected".
The storm is moving toward the northwest at 17 miles per hour, the NHC said. Some fluctuation in wind speeds are expected, and weakening forecast Thursday, but it's still expected to be a fierce storm triggering unsafe flooding.
The area to the north of Florence's landfall along the North Carolina coast-storm surge is always worst to the "right" of a storm's center, where its rotation pushes water onshore-is less populated and developed than the New Jersey and NY shores.
Atmospheric scientist at the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction James Kossin explained to Vox why hurricanes during warmer conditions can cause so much rainfall. Some of the storm's wind and rain could even creep into eastern Georgia. We will have tropical storm force winds and rain and storm surge continues to be our main concern with extreme flooding. "What we will get are the remnants of the tropical storm".
Florence's maximum sustained winds were clocked on Thursday at 165 kph after it was downgraded to a Category 2 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, according to the NHC.
A long stretch of the United States eastern seaboard remained vulnerable to hurricane and tropical storm conditions, from Georgia north through the Carolinas into Virginia. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.
National Guard soldiers from the state, North Carolina and Virginia are mobilizing to prepare for hurricane recovery efforts. A further 10 million people are now under some form of storm watch.
"It's still going to be the same result with the amount of water that's being pushed on shore", he explained. However, the surge is expected to be accompanied by large and destructive waves, regardless of when the storm arrives.
The Union Point Park Complex is seen flooded as the Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, U.S., September 13, 2018. "So the potential impact from the surge has not changed because the system is weaker", he said.
Officials in several states have declared states of emergency, including in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms. The Charleston area is under a storm surge watch.
"Floodwaters may enter numerous structures, and some may become uninhabitable or washed away", the Weather Service warned.
In Carolina Beach, North Carolina, authorities have stopped allowing traffic to the island via the only bridge between the island and the mainland. Will the winds be that strong or they'll be stronger when they get here than that? They also instituted a 24-hour curfew.
"Catastrophic damage will occur: A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse". Many shallowly rooted trees will be snapped or uprooted and block numerous roads. Millions of people were expected to lose power from the storm and restoration could take weeks.
By Thursday afternoon, all flight operations were halted at a half-dozen airports along the coast of the Carolinas, and scattered cancellations were reported at other airports. Additionally, tornadoes could arise in southeast North Carolina on Thursday and Friday.
Surges up to 4 meters could inundate Cape Fear, North Carolina to Cape Lookout, North Carolina, with smaller surges ranging from half a meter to 3 meters in coastal areas from Edisto Beach, South Carolina to coastal areas extending north into North Carolina. But then they gradually diverge.
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