Hurricane Florence begins to batter U.S. east coast

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 14, 2018

Florence's top winds were clocked on Thursday at 100mph as it churned in the Atlantic Ocean, down from a peak of 140mph earlier this week when it was classified as a Category 4.

"Yes its weakened, but is it strong enough to knock over a tree?" he says of Hurricane Florence.

The Hurricane Center's Dennis Feltgen reiterated that warning, saying 90 percent of hurricane-related deaths are from problems that arise with the massive amounts of water. President Trump has declared an emergency in the three states and says the government is "as ready as anybody has ever been".

A high definition camera outside the International Space Station captured a NASA view of Hurricane Florence on September 12, 2018.

Even if you know nothing about hurricanes, an unavoidable sense of doom and destruction overtakes you when you look at this image of Hurricane Florence as it moves inexorably toward North and SC. Categories only represent the speed of sustained winds, and these are still destructive.

The outages were announced just after 11:00 p.m. on Thursday as Hurricane Florence closed in on the coast. The center is slowing down and is expected to stall and perhaps wander around just off shore on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

By early evening, almost 70,000 residents were without electricity, according to North Carolina Emergency Management.

Forecasters are calling Hurricane Florence a "generational storm". It could then head west and southwest. Isolated areas could get 40 inches. It is an enormous storm, and it's moving slowly. Will Epperson, a 36-year-old golf course assistant superintendent, said he and his wife had planned to ride out the storm at their home in Hampstead, North Carolina, but reconsidered due to its ferocity.

Myrtle Beach, a SC beach resort, was virtually deserted with empty streets, boarded up storefronts and very little traffic.

The police chief of Wrightsville Beach suggested that those who made a decision to stay give him their next-of-kin contact information. He said only about 300,000 of the 700,000 people who live in the mandatory evacuation zone have left.

"They refuse to evacuate", said Combs of a friend who lives a mile out from the beach. "They pulled out all the furniture out of the yard".

"When that last ferry pulls's unnerving to see it pull away and know, 'That's the last chance I have of getting off this island, '" she said Wednesday.

The Pentagon has dispatched two ships and a Marine unit offshore to provide help if needed. Emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Oddly, the closer Hurricane Florence gets to land, the murkier its future gets. "Highly saturated grounds and heavy rainfall or high winds could cause significant damage".

She said: "It's not the middle of a hurricane yet, so why not come for a beer?"

"This threat will continue into next week", said Jeff Stern, Virginia's state coordinator of emergency management, during a Thursday evening news conference. Another 400 people were in shelters in Virginia, where forecasts were less dire.

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