As Florence Surges Forward, Rethinking What Hurricane Preparation Looks Like

Mindy Sparks
September 12, 2018

Parts of North Carolina could get 20 inches of rain, if not more, with as much as 10 inches elsewhere in the state and in Virginia, parts of Maryland and Washington, D.C. It could also unleash a catastrophic storm surge, possibly reaching more than 20ft high, depending on the tides when it hits land.

"The bottom line if you wait, it's too late", he said.

The hazards are likely to extend far from the coast, Cline said. "That, folks, is extremely life-threatening".

The storm surge, or wind-driven seawater, poses a huge danger, FEMA Administrator Brock Long warned on ABC's "Good Morning America".

"Forecasts generally project the storm to make landfall between northern SC and North Carolina's Outer Banks as a strong Category 3 on Thursday, although shifts in the track are possible and storm impacts will expand great distances beyond where landfall occurs".

A police vehicle patrols the beach ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, U.S. September 11, 2018. President Donald Trump tweeted Monday evening.

President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid.

More than 1.5 million people have been ordered to evacuate along 300 miles of coastline.

Boeing Co suspended work on Tuesday at the SC plant where it assembles 787 widebody jetliners, and a Volvo automobile plant in South Carolina's evacuation zone was also closed, company officials said.

North Carolina's governor issued what he called a first-of-its-kind mandatory evacuation order for all of North Carolina's fragile barrier islands. "That's our worst concern at this point is the rain and the flooding that we may see this weekend".

"It's really hard to speculate this far out, since there's still significant uncertainty in the track", Sara Orsi, spokeswoman for flight-tracking service FlightAware, said about how Florence might impact flights after landfall. The very center of that bullseye may be Camp Lejeune, the sprawling Marine Corps training base, where authorities were opening emergency operation centers, staging equipment and urging families on the base to build survival kits with food and equipment needed to sustain themselves for 72 hours.

Right now, all eyes are on the coast of South and North Carolina.

"This will be a storm that creates and causes massive damage to our country".

Until yesterday, Cline said, the hurricane had been traveling through a pressure trough that generated a lot of shear - essentially, winds in the upper levels of the atmosphere traveling at different speeds than winds at lower levels. He said the federal government is "absolutely, totally prepared" for Florence. "This is the craziest one".

The United States was hit with a series of high-powered hurricanes past year, including Hurricane Maria, which killed some 3,000 people in Puerto Rico, and Hurricane Harvey, which killed about 68 people and caused an estimated $1.25 billion in damage with catastrophic flooding in Houston.

"If you ask a Guardsman, 'Why did you join the Guard, ?' they will tell you, 'This is why I do this, for my community", said McCarty.

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