3 million could lose power when Hurricane Florence hits

Paola Ditto
Settembre 13, 2018

Eighty firefighters from Montgomery County, Maryland, departed for Columbia, South Carolina, early on September 12 to assist in search and rescue operations that may result from Hurricane Florence.

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand. They were expecting to be in SC for 10 to 14 days, according to a spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Pete Piringer.

The "extremely unsafe major hurricane" is predicted to hit the coast late Thursday or early Friday morning, dropping as much as 30 inches of rain in some areas and wind gusts in the 140 miles per hour range, says the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

"Florence is intensifying", said North Carolina's Governor Roy Cooper, adding: "This storm is strong, and its gettings stronger". Mandatory evacuations began at 8 a.m.in many coastal communities.

The Town of Ocean City's Emergency Management personnel works closely with local and state representatives to provide citizens with timely, accurate and essential information before, during and after the storm.

"Heed the warnings", Mr Byard said.

It's a horrifying spectacle to behold, and the hurricane hasn't even struck land yet.

Georgia joined four other coastal states issuing an emergency declaration as the latest forecasts showed Florence dumping historic amounts of torrential rain on the southern state.

"The largest threat to life from hurricanes is not the high winds, flooding is the deadliest result of these storms".

If some of the computer projections hold, "it's going to come roaring up to the coast Thursday night and say, 'I'm not sure I really want to do this, and I'll just take a tour of the coast and decide where I want to go inland,"' said Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the private Weather Underground forecasting service.

"The water could overtake some of these barrier islands and keep on going".

"Today is the time to get your preparedness actions complete", he said. "That, folks, is extremely life-threatening".

The very center of that bullseye may be Camp Lejeune, the sprawling Marine Corps training base, where authorities were opening emergency operation centers and staging equipment.

While most people, including President Donald Trump, grew concerned over its massive size - some people couldn't help themselves from commenting underneath the comical graphic.

More than one million people have been told to evacuate the Carolina and Virginia coastlines, while residents were desperately pulling shutters down over schools and factories.

Incredible time-lapse footage filmed from a hurricane-hunting plane shows what's it's like to fly through the eye of Florence, the storm that's already forced more than 1 million people to evacuate. All interests from SC into the mid-Atlantic region should complete preparations and follow any advice given by local officials.

The hurricane centre is forecasting the storm to hover near the coast Saturday with winds of around 80 miles per hour (130 kph) before landfall, but with rainfall in the 20 to 30 inches (50 to 75 centimetre) range and up to 13 feet (nearly 4 metres) of storm surge.

Altre relazioniGrafFiotech

Discuti questo articolo

Segui i nostri GIORNALE