U.S. capital under state of emergency for Hurricane Florence

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 14, 2018

The 8 a.m. forecast changes the storm surge watch for the eastern United States, with the worst impact, a surge of up to 12 feet, expected on a stretch from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout in North Carolina. "Please be prepared, be careful and be SAFE!" "If you are given an evacuation order, please comply immediately before roads get clogged and chaos commences".

"It is an extremely, dangerous, life-threatening, historic hurricane", said North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.

Florence is so wide that a life-threatening storm surge was being pushed 480km ahead of its eye, and so wet that a swath of states from SC to OH and Pennsylvania could get deluged. "This evacuation is for the safety of thousands of Virginians living in that zone".

Florence is still a Category 4 hurricane and is expected to regain its top wind strength in the next day or so.

The governor of neighboring North Carolina ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination, and parts of coastal Dare County.

"The longer this thing sticks around, the longer we'll have to wait to start cleaning things up", he said.

It is then forecast to close in on North or SC on Thursday, hitting a stretch of coastline that is vulnerable to rising sea levels due to climate change.

"As I tweeted with Harvey last year.it is important to understand the potential one-two punch from Hurricane Florence", University of Georgia meteorologist Marshall Shepherd said.

According to the US National Hurricane Center, Florence is expected to strengthen further as it is ready to move over the southwestern Atlantic between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The storm's potential path also includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and numerous pig farms that store animal waste in massive open-air lagoons.

"It puts a huge strain on us and they become statistics", Collins said.

Forecasters said parts of North Carolina could get 50cm of rain, if not more, with as much as 25cm elsewhere in the state and in Virginia, parts of Maryland and Washington, D.C.

"This is probably the only exercise I get this week", she quipped.

"We will do what's best for Virginia Tech moving forward as it relates to East Carolina and to the game", Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock said in a Tuesday statement.

He added: "The waves and the wind this storm may bring is nothing like you've ever seen".

The last time the USA capital declared a state of emergency was in January 2016 when a winter storm dubbed "Snowzilla" blanketed the capital and its region in knee-deep snow. While wind damage is still ordinarily covered, insurers that were stung by storms such as Sandy in 2012, which swamped NY and New Jersey, have inserted clauses in their policies that limit coverage and set high deductibles, particularly when storms reach hurricane status. However, tropical storm force winds of 40 miles per hour could develop as early as Thursday morning.

- Where the storm ultimately makes landfall is irrelevant. A west-northwestward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected during the next couple of days.

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