NASA Satellite Finds Winds Tearing Tropical Depression Isaac Apart

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 16, 2018

Florence is forecast to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane when it nears the USA coast of North Carolina or SC in the on Thursday and Friday.

At 2300 EDT (0300 GMT), the NHC said Florence had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 km), and was slowly drifting westward over SC.

A graphic of Hurricane Florence's path, generated today (Sept. 12) at 2 p.m. ET by the National Hurricane Center, shows an approximate representation of coastal areas under a hurricane warning (red), hurricane watch (pink), tropical storm warning (blue) and tropical storm watch (yellow).

Adding to the storm stress is uncertainty about where exactly Florence will make landfall, after a shift in its track put more of the Southeast in danger.

Tropical storm-force winds extended 195 miles from Florence's centre, and hurricane-force winds reached out 70 miles.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference that the "historic" hurricane would unleash rains and floods that would inundate nearly the entire state in several feet of water.

In Virginia, where about 245,000 residents were ordered to evacuate low-lying areas, officials urged people to remain away from home despite forecast changes showing Florence's path largely missing the state.

United States media say more than one million people have been ordered to evacuate.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the eye of the hurricane will likely not blow ashore until Friday afternoon local time, after which it will then push westward and bring with it the potential for catastrophic inland flooding.

"This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch", said a spokesperson from the Federal Emergency Management Administration.

Tropical Storm Florence dumped "epic" amounts of rain on North and SC as it trudged inland on Saturday, knocking out power and causing at least eight deaths as flood waters that have devastated many communities kept rising.

Millions of people were expected to lose power from the storm and restoration could take weeks.

The storm is not expected to change much in strength before making landfall.

The East Coast isn't the only area facing the brunt of a storm. Similar declarations were made earlier in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

People fleeing coastal North and SC clogged highways Wednesday as Florence bore down for a direct hit in the low-lying region dense with beachfront vacation homes.

"It was pitch black and I was just scared out of my mind", said Tracy Singleton, who with her family later drove through torrential rain and high winds from her home near New Bern.

Interestingly, the Atlantic Ocean housed three hurricanes at the same time, that before Tropical Storm Isaac being downgraded from its former hurricane status.

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