Here's what the DC region can expect from Hurricane Florence

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 14, 2018

With reports of skyscraper-likes waves out at sea, the potential for historic coastal surges and rainfalls, and severe threats to vulnerable nuclear plants and other industrial waste sites-a behemoth Hurricane Florence is fast-approaching the southeastern US coast on Wednesday as weather experts and emergency management officials intensifying their warnings about the dangers the storm poses. At 8 a.m. on Wednesday the storm was located about 855 km southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina.

The National Hurricane Center said the hurricane's peak winds have decreased slightly to 125 mph but the size of the wind field has increased to outwards of 70 miles from the center.

Landfall is expected late Thursday or early Friday, and the National Hurricane Center fears the storm "will slow considerably or stall, leading to a prolonged and exceptionally heavy and unsafe rainfall event Friday-Sunday". As of Friday morning, Atlantic Beach, a town on the state's Outer Banks barrier islands, already had received 30 inches (76 cm) of rain, the U.S. Geological Service said.

"This rainfall would produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding", the hurricane center says. "To those in the storm's path, if you can hear me, please stay sheltered in place".

As of Tuesday, about 1.7 million people in North and SC and Virginia were under warnings to evacuate the coast, and hurricane watches and warnings extended across an area with about 5.4 million residents.

"We can only hope it won't hit hard", White said.

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. "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU". He said all roads leading to his neighbourhood were blocked by fallen trees. "Everybody laughs at the fact that this storm got downgraded. but I've never seen tree devastation this bad".

Governors in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia have issued mandatory evacuations and lane reversals. Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and restoration could take weeks.

Florence had been a Category 3 hurricane with 120 miles per hour winds on Thursday but dropped to Category 1 before coming ashore. In contrast to the hurricane center's official track, a highly regarded European model had the storm turning southward off the North Carolina coast and coming ashore near the Georgia-South Carolina line.

As of Tuesday, more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out. "I'm a little bit scared right now, but I have my iPad and I'm watching Netflix".

Amtrak canceled its passenger rail service south of Washington, D.C., and there were almost 600 cancellations of flights arriving or departing from major airports in the Carolinas.

Forecasters predict the storm will make landfall late Thursday night or sometime Friday.

More than one million people have been ordered to evacuate the coastline of the three states, while university campuses, schools and factories were being shuttered.

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