Evacuations in USA ahead of Hurricane Florence

14 September, 2018, 12:04 | Author: Darnell Taylor

As of 8 p.m., the storm was centered 335 miles (540 kilometers) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving northwest at 16 mph (26 kph).

Its forward movement slowed to 12 miles per hour and top sustained winds stayed at 110 miles per hour.

Florence is now been downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane, is expected to make landfall in the US, Thursday as an "extremely dangerous" hurricane according to the National Hurricane Center. The Wilmington area can now expect 9-to-13-foot storm surges if Florence's peak impact coincides with high tide, Brunswick County coastal areas west of Southport can expect 6-to-9-foot surges. "What it does from that point when it makes immediate landfall will determine the conditions in Jacksonville".

Up to 1.7 million people have now been ordered to leave their homes as the United States braces for Hurricane Florence.

The National Weather Service said 5.25 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches, and 4.9 million live in places covered by tropical storm warnings or watches.

The storm is moving toward the northwest at 17 miles per hour (28 kph), the NHC said.

UAE residents and tourists in the USA have been issued a warning by the UAE Embassy in Washington to be cautious of Hurricane Florence.

Meanwhile, Ohio's bravest are sending out a warning to those in areas expected to be hit the hardest. "If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't have minded staying here". His home, built 1 mile inland in 2016, is raised 25 feet off the ground and is built to withstand 140-mph winds, he said.

"I think we can".

People on barrier islands or peninsulas were running out of time Wednesday to retreat by bridge or ferry.

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The storms path is promising to bring even more devastation than first predicted to the Carolinas and parts of Georgia.

Of the Atlantic's two active hurricanes - Florence and Helene - Florence posed the greatest threat to land, as it neared the Carolinas and Virginia as a Category 3 hurricane. She packed up what she could and took a ferry Tuesday night. "We made it then and I know my small town can pull it together now".

There was also concern over crops. Some reactors are undergoing prestorm checks now, and their reactors will be shut down 12 hours before the hurricane arrives, Green said.

Officials said traffic was moving well Wednesday though there have been two minor accidents in lanes where cars were traveling in the opposite direction from normal.

Meanwhile, the projections for rain are growing, adding to growing concerns about flooding across the two states: Coastal North Carolina now expects 20-30 inches, with isolated areas of 40 inches projected in SC.

It's unclear exactly how many people fled, but more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out.

As hurricane-force winds approach the coast, they'll push the ocean's waves ashore, causing storm surges of up to 13 feet (4 meters) in parts of North Carolina, the National Hurricane Center reported.

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

The latest predictions also show that, while Florence will pack less powerful winds, it will also slow down, allowing it to drop much more rain on the Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender county areas.

"Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you", Gerst said. The four named storms in the Atlantic come as one in the Pacific is hitting Hawaii.

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