What Scares Experts About Hurricane Florence

Gwen Vasquez
September 12, 2018

The slow-moving storm, the most severe hurricane to threaten the USA mainland this year, was rated a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale and located about 905 miles (1,455 km) east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT), according to the NHC.

In the case of these recent flights, the hurricane hunters helped confirm that "Florence is expected to be an extremely risky major storm through Thursday night", according to the National Hurricane Center.

North and SC, as well as Virginia, are forecast to take the biggest of the initial barrage of hits, with all three states declaring states of emergency and forcing the evacuation of more than one million residents.

"All the rainfall we're going to have, plus you talk about the wind - that means a lot of trees coming down, it's a lot of power outages, a lot of impacts with this system", National Hurricane Center director Ken Graham said on Tuesday. "It is likely some areas will flood that have never flooded before".

Watches in effect Tuesday forecast a storm surge of up to 12 feet at high tide from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout in North Carolina.

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Hurricane Florence had maximum sustained winds of about 140 miles per hour with higher gusts, a slight weakening from the morning, the NHC said.

He added large swells will propagate outward hundreds of miles from the centre of the storm, making seas along and well off the East Coast, Bermuda, the northern shores of the Caribbean islands and the south and southeast-facing shores of the Canadian Maritimes.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released a "mesmerising loop" showing Hurricane Florence from space.

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Category 4 hurricane winds are in the 130 to 156 mile range, according to the National Hurricane Center. Some coastal Virginia and North Carolina residents are under evacuation orders as well. "When weather forecasters tell us 'life-threatening, ' we know that it is serious".

Storm surge is also a major concern.

The last time the USA capital declared a state of emergency was in January 2016 when a winter storm dubbed "Snowzilla" blanketed the capital region in knee-deep snow.

"This storm is a monster", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said at a news conference on Tuesday.

Regarding the Bahamas, the American meteorologist said Hurricane Florence is going to take a track that will keep it east and northeast of the country.

Officials warn there is a chance of "life-threatening inundation from rising water" over the next 48 hours as Florence heads for the US East Coast. "It's more like a (Hurricane) Harvey situation, where it'll just slowly wind down".

"We have to be careful we're not asking them to come back to Beaufort County through a storm", he said.

At more than 470 miles across, Florence is 56% wider than the typical Atlantic hurricane.

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