Fierce Hurricane Florence aims at Southeast

Mindy Sparks
September 14, 2018

After that, Florence is forecast to move northwest and north and move across western SC on Sunday, Sept. 15, and across western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee on Monday, Sept. 16, the NHC said.

"Very unsafe winds will produce some damage: Well-constructed frame homes could have damage to roof, shingles, vinyl siding and gutters".

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. Given its expected slow speed once it rolls ashore, they warned the heavy rain and storm could spread across a wide area. This forces the water even further inland.

The National Weather Service is forecasting "significant" river flooding, especially in the northeastern portion of the state. The effects of torrential rain are devastating, costly, and deadly, especially in urban areas where concrete comprises the basis of most structures and makes it incredibly hard for water to drain. "It's a big one", he said at the White House. He also warned residents to be prepared to be without electricity "for a long time" in the storm's aftermath. While all simulations show the storm turning back to the north Sunday or Monday (local time), exactly where that turns occurs is a big wild card. "Kind of like Sandy", said George Kourounis, a storm-chaser from Toronto, who is in Wilmington, N.C. Hurricane Sandy formed in the Atlantic in 2012, hitting Jamaica and the Bahamas as a Category 1. If the storm makes landfall as a Category 2, these winds will be damaging, sustained at up to 160km/h or so with higher gusts. It caused 117 fatalities and cost the US $17 billion.

Florence could do more than $170bn (£130bn) of damage and affect almost 759,000 homes and businesses, says analytics firm CoreLogic. "Even though [Florence] has weakened, it is no less unsafe than it was yesterday". Some flooding was forecast early in the day for parts of North Florida, but those forecasts were adjusted later to include high swells and minor coastal flooding at high tide.

Body surfer Andrew Vanotteren, of Savannah, Georgia, crashes into waves in the surf bolstered by the incoming Hurricane Florence on the south beach of Tybee Island, Georgia. This is Robinson's 18th; Kourounis, who was in Hurricane Katrina that devastated New Orleans in 2005, thinks this is either his 20th or 21st.

Cooper and his SC counterpart, Henry McMaster, told the more than 1 million people who have been told to leave that if they don't, they are on their own.

She said the property, which stands atop stilts, is fully insured through the federal flood insurance program, though the couple hadn't yet considered whether they will rebuild if Florence, or some future storm, wipes it away.

Some could lose power for only a short time, others for weeks.

McMaster told residents in some counties that emergency responders will be pulled from areas expected to be hit hard. Toronto saw widespread flooding twice this year when 50 mm of rain dropped in a few minutes. "What I'd like to see us do is not rebuild buildings that have been destroyed".

The overall trend is "exceptionally bad news", said University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy, since it "smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge". It's a game of wait and see.

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