Fears as Hurricane Florence nears United States coast

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 14, 2018

The outer edge of Hurricane Florence began buffeting the Carolinas with wind and rain on Thursday as forecasters warned the monster storm would trigger life-threatening flooding as it assaults the United States east coast. It is forecast to make landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina, at midday Friday.

Inland flooding near New Bern, North Carolina caused by Hurricane Florence's storm surge as predicted by the ADCIRC computer model.

The center said the threat of freshwater flooding will increase over the next several days.

Another live stream at Wilmington Tower, which usually broadcasts sweeping views of the North Carolina landscape, shows storm clouds rolling in over the ocean.

The company said as many as three-fourths of its 4 million customers in North Carolina and SC could lose power.

Luettich and colleagues at the University of Notre Dame and University of Texas spent 30 years developing ADCRIC, a computer model that gauges storm surge and other impacts of major coastal weather events. Its forward movement increased slightly to 6 miles per hour (9 kph).

While the storm may have slowed down slightly, it will still bring life-threatening storm surges, high winds, massive flooding and power cuts as it makes landfall on the coast of North and SC.

"This rainfall will produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding", the hurricane center said.

Members of the Missouri Search and Rescue, part of FEMA, unload their gear at a staging area as Hurricane Florence starts to make landfall in Lealand, North Carolina, Sept. 13, 2018.

Florence is expected to strike North Carolina's coast on Friday, then drift southwest before moving inland on Saturday, according to Miami's National Hurricane Center (NHC). Millions of people are expected to lose power and it could take weeks to resolve the outages. "We're going to be there to help", Cooper said.

Another video from NOAA's GOES-East weather satellite caught a different view of Hurricane Florence.

Florence's top winds were clocked on Thursday at 100 miles per hour (170 km per hour) as it churned in the Atlantic Ocean, down from a peak of 140 mph (224 kph) earlier this week when it was classified a Category 4 storm.

Roughly 1 million people are under evacuation orders.

Storm surge is deadly.

The police chief of a barrier island in Florence's bulls'-eye said he was asking for next-of-kin contact information from the few residents who refused to leave.

"We'll handle it. We're ready".

Warning of looming storm surges of nine to 12 feet (2.7-3.6 meters), he urged residents to take the storm seriously no matter the category, saying "this is all about the water anyway".

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