Hurricane Florence: Storm force winds for North Carolina within hours

Mindy Sparks
September 16, 2018

Eventually, Florence will veer north into the Appalachian Mountains, bringing soaking rains to Virginia and western North Carolina, before sputtering out late next week near DE and Maryland, the FWS reported.

Windows and doors are boarded up in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Florence September 12, 2018 in Morehead City, North Carolina.

Florence could threaten the largest rainfall event in US history, Hurricane Harvey, the 2017 whirlwind that settled over Texas and dropped more than 60 inches of rain, turning roadways into rivers, destroying homes and buildings and killing almost 90 people.

Will Epperson, a 36-year-old golf course assistant superintendent, said he and his wife had planned to ride out the storm at their home in Hampstead, North Carolina, but then reconsidered. Every coastal city along the Gulf or East Coast of the United States of America is at risk of storm surge, the hurricane center said.

At least 88,000 people were without power in North Carolina with the brunt of the storm yet to come, according to the state's emergency management agency.

A Category 4 on the five-level Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale, Florence was 750km south-southeast of Bermuda and the centre of the hurricane was forecast to pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas yesterday, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said.

And the Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said interests elsewhere in the Leeward Islands should monitor the storm's progress as additional watches could be issued this afternoon or evening.


Areas along the coast from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, NC, including the Neuse, Pamlico, Pungo and Bay rivers may experience storm surges from 9 to 13 feet. In Hurricane Sandy in 2012, storm surge-induced flooding measured as high as 9 feet above ground in parts of NY and New Jersey, leading to billions of dollars in damages.

"The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of onshore winds, where the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves", the NWS report said. At that time, Isaac will be a strong tropical storm with top winds of 60 miles per hour.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency "in light of the storm's forecasted southward track after making landfall".

Despite pleas from officials, some residents rejected calls to evacuate.

As of the 11:00 am Advisory, bands of rain from Isaac will continue to affect the Lesser Antilles. Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands face possible isolated amounts of 3 inches.

Helene, which has been downgraded from a hurricane, is among a glut of tropical storms brewing in the region, with mass evacuations under way in southern U.S. states as Hurricane Florence barrels across Virginia and the Carolinas. That system could develop into a tropical depression by Friday.

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