Hurricane Florence: Four reasons to fear this storm

Brunilde Fioravanti
Settembre 14, 2018

Florence was downgraded to a Category 2 storm overnight on the five-level Saffir-Simpson wind scale but it is still packing hurricane-force winds of 100 miles (155 kilometers) per hour, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Some minor flooding was reported on the Outer Banks - barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina - and in some seaside coastal towns, as more than 110,000 power outages were reported statewide.

"A weak Category 3 and a strong Category 2 are pretty close to each other, if you just think about category". Categories only represent the speed of sustained winds, and these are still destructive.

FEMA has warned that while downgraded, the storm will still generate life threatening storm surge and rainfall in North and SC.

Just as Hurricane Florence closes in on the Southeast, the area covered by hurricane-force winds has doubled - meaning far more people will get blasted with winds 74 miles per hour or greater. Projections as of 5:00am EST on September 13, 2018.

Forecasters said conditions will continue to deteriorate as the storm makes its way slowly inland. Like a giant hair dryer, these winds push seawater into low-lying marshland and delta areas.

Even worse: Florence is expected to hover over the Carolinas, whipping hurricane-force winds and dumping relentless rain at least through Saturday.

It appeared that the north side of the eye was the most unsafe place to be as Florence moved ashore.

One climate model is predicting that as much as 11 trillion gallons of rain will fall on North Carolina in the coming week - an amount that's enough to fill the Empire State Building 40 times over. That makes it hard to project how the region will ultimately be affected.

"This will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast", the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C., said, "and that's saying a lot given the impacts we've seen from hurricanes Diana, Hugo, Fran, Bonnie, Floyd, and Matthew".

"This is a very unsafe storm", said FEMA's Long, urging people still in evacuation zones to heed orders to flee to safer ground. But it will be a few years before this river data can be integrated into models like ADCIRC, according to Ed Clark, the director of NWS's National Water Center. His group, the Office of Water Prediction and Luettich's team are working together to build such models now. Another 8 million people live in areas covered by hurricane and tropical storm warnings. The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.

Millions of people could lose power across North and SC.

He added that people living near rivers, streams and lowland areas in the region were most at risk.

Footage shows a pier and a beach in Nags Head, North Carolina, being hit with heavy surf as the storm rolls into the area.

"The vast majority of the time the horses know what to do, and they are able to get to higher ground or protect themselves", said Gillikin.

Wild horses in the Rachel Carson Reserve in Beaufort, North Carolina will fend for themselves during Hurricane Florence. Stay on guard. This is a powerful storm that can kill. The latter had to be relocated back to the reserve after the storm. "And the vast majority of the time they are OK", she said. US President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed declarations of emergency for North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, freeing up federal resources for storm response.

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