Northam declares state of emergency ahead of Tropical Storm Florence

12 September, 2018, 14:33 | Author: Emmett Howard
  • Astronaut captures photos of ominous-looking Hurricane Florence from space

"We are mobilizing the state's resources to make sure we are prepared, and the people of SC must not hesitate to prepare for the possibility of a hurricane impacting our coast".

(Also important note, a Category 5 Hurricane has never made landfall on North Carolina) Florence is unique however because it's nearly taking a beeline course to the coastline. Eastern Sunday, Sept. 9.

Still, there's a chance it could be pushed farther north and strike along the mid-Atlantic or New England coast, threatening to make landfall between Virginia and MA. "Florence could dump a foot of rain in places that cannot handle it, making for a very scary flooding situation in some areas". Forecasters also warned that the threat of a life-threatening storm surge was rising.

The latest projection for the path of Tropical Storm Florence is centered on Wilmington, North Carolina, adding more urgency to the State of Emergency declared in the two Carolinas.

Hurricane Hazel came ashore at the South Carolina-North Carolina state line with winds of 130 miles per hour (209 kph) in 1954. Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune urged people to secure their homes but said it's too early to know if evacuations will be ordered.

The tropics were slow to wake up this year, but they have certainly come to life in a big way in over the last week.

On Friday, North Carolina declared a state of emergency.

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Officials in North Carolina are already bracing for impact.

Swells generated by Florence are affecting Bermuda and could cause risky rip currents and coastal flooding Saturday in areas including coastal DE and New Jersey, the National Weather Service said.

On the Outer Banks, Dawn Farrow Taylor, 50, was gathering photos and important documents and filling prescriptions Monday before heading inland. And it would be the first major hurricane (Category 3 or higher) to hit the East Coast since Jeanne, which struck Florida in 2004. Ilija Cesal told the newspaper he wouldn't worry about buying extra water or other supplies for a few more days.

"I'm telling them to go inland, but I'm anxious about the rain and tornadoes too", Roberts said.

The Navy said all ships in Virginia's coastal Hampton Roads area were preparing to leave port for open seas.

This NOAA/RAMMB satellite image taken at 13:30 UTC on September 9, 2018 shows Tropical Storm Florence - which forecasters say will soon become an extremely unsafe hurricane - being followed westward across the Atlantic by Tropical Storms Isaac and Helene8. The university said Sunday that it has issued a voluntary evacuation for students starting at midday Monday, noting classes would be canceled.

Florence could nearly double that price tag with total losses reaching $27 billion, said Chuck Watson, a disaster modeler with Enki Research in Savannah, Georgia.

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