Hurricane Florence weakens slightly as it moves toward USA coast: NHC

14 September, 2018, 11:27 | Author: Darnell Taylor

The National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. advisory that the Category 4 storm will move west-northwestward between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Wednesday. Its maximum sustained winds have dropped slightly to 110 miles per hour (175 kph).

Al Brookins poses with his shirt that lists some of the previoius hurricanes he has lived through before the arrival of Hurricane Florence September 12, 2018 in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. In addition to the high surf, officials are planning for potential life-threatening rip currents and significant beach erosion.

A satellite altimeter under the northeast quadrant, the strongest area of the storm, recorded the wave.

"We stacked about three different layers, just kind of like to help with the windows, keep them safe, break up the wind channels so the building doesn't take a direct hit from 150 miles per hour winds", said Matthews Motors service manager Mark Yandell. When and where it will make landfall is unclear.

"Some fluctuations in strength will be possible through Thursday morning", it said.

The News & Observer reports that the storm's path shifted early Wednesday and it is now bearing down on southern North Carolina and northern SC, where it could dump up to 40 inches of rain in places. At this time, Florence was a Category 2 hurricane.

McMaster told residents in some counties that emergency responders will be pulled from areas expected to be hit hard.

"Even the rescuers can not stay there", he said. "But no matter how bad it's going to be, it will pass and our job will be to rebuild this community together, and that's what we're going to do".

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

She has no regrets about staying then but enough is enough. She packed up what she could and took a ferry Tuesday night.

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"We are watching to see what happens to the storm once it makes landfall", Bricker said.

There was also concern over crops.

In South Carolina, traffic along parts of Interstate 26 and United States 501 has been directed away from the coast.

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.

The contraflow will end Thursday at noon on 501 and at 6 p.m. on I-26.

About 300,000 people have been evacuated from South Carolina, McMaster said.

Computer models of exactly what the storm might do varied, adding to the uncertainty.

The center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas Wednesday night, and approach the coast of North Carolina or SC in the hurricane warning area on Thursday and Friday, NHC said. It urged residents to heed evacuation orders. He said all the calls for reservations were coming from either SC and North Carolina where the damage is supposed to be the worst.

Florence's expanse has even captured the attention of the astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station, who have been tweeting pictures of the storm back to Earth.

Another system in north-central Atlantic waters was upgraded to a subtropical storm, Joyce, Wednesday afternoon as it approached the Azores.

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