Trump declares administration ‘completely ready’ for Hurricane Florence

Mindy Sparks
September 13, 2018

The National Hurricane Center's best guess was that Florence's eye would blow ashore as early as Friday afternoon around the North Carolina-South Carolina line. I believe that was a Category 1 storm when it hit Charlotte.

Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the Carolina coast, with the outer bands of the massive storm beginning to move onshore.

While many coastal residents heeded mandatory evacuation orders, others boarded up homes and businesses and chose to fearless the storm, which is forecast to trigger severe flash flooding as it dumps as many as three feet (almost a meter) of rain in some areas.

"We have seen a dramatic shift in the track", Scasny said, adding that big changes to the storm's behavior could emerge within the next two days.

As of 11 a.m., the potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm was centered 485 miles (785 kilometers) southeast of Wilmington, moving at 15 mph (24 kph) with winds of 130 mph (215 kph) and enough moisture to dump feet of rain on the region.

Businesses across the Carolinas, Virginia and Georgia will likely suffer financial losses from the approaching storm, with ports closing, farmers moving their livestock and expected power outages that could last for weeks.

Marshall: When should we now expect landfall along the coast?

He said: "We are ready but this is going to be one of the biggest ones to ever hit our country. And that will produce a lot of damage as well as prolong the beach erosion".

As Hurricane Florence bears down on the North and SC coasts, some residents are ignoring officials' calls to evacuate.

The primary example of this is 2012's Hurricane Sandy, which had modest 80mph winds by the time it reached the NY and New Jersey areas.

U.S. President Donald Trump both touted the government's readiness and urged people to get out of the way. Officials are urging others in its path to follow suit, or prepare for the worst.

The storm will slow down because of pushback from a trough - an extended area of low atmospheric pressure - now over Texas, Stacy Stewart, an NHC senior hurricane specialist, said in the update. That's down from a high of 140mph, but still expected to cause "life-threatening storm surge and rainfall". The storm's 12-mph forward speed Thursday morning was a marked drop from Wednesday's 17-mph speeds.

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At this height of the Atlantic hurricane season, Florence was being trailed on east-to-west paths by two other storms, Hurricane Helene and Tropical Storm Isaac, but neither packs the deadly punch of Florence. A surge of at least 4 feet is predicted for a much larger area.

Florence is now a powerful Category 3 storm with winds of 125mph, and is expected to strengthen before making landfall along the Carolina coast later this week.

A state of emergency has been declared in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington amid concern over potential torrential rain and flooding. The hurricane centre also adjusted its projected track, but kept it north of what most computer models were showing, to provide some continuity with past forecasts. "Not only that, but the wind field actually expands as the center of circulation starts to lose some intensity, you'll start to get hurricane force winds further out from the storm".

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