This one is different: Mass evacuation in US over 'monster' hurricane

Katie Ramirez
September 12, 2018

Axios: "The ties between Hurricane Florence and climate change" - "Hurricane Florence is a unique Atlantic hurricane, projected to stall out after hitting land and forecast to dump upwards of 2 feet of rain on several states, much like Hurricane Harvey did in Texas a year ago".

Hurricane Florence is now a massive Category 4 hurricane. The rating system from 1 to 5 is based on a hurricane's sustained wind speed. The members are mainly from the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service and will operate under directions from Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Residents in North Carolina have been issued with a mandatory evacuation order as Hurricane Florence has been upgraded to a Category 4 storm.

There is increased fear that Florence "will slow considerably or stall, leading to a prolonged and exceptionally heavy and risky rainfall event Friday-Sunday", the NHC said Tuesday. McMaster on Sunday predicted Florence will likely deliver "a strong hit on SC", though he cautioned that it's still uncertain how bad the Palmetto State will be affected.

To put things in perspective, any storm surge taller than 12 feet is "life-threatening", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said. By sunset Thursday and through most of Friday, our area will see the worst of the conditions, he said.

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"The Charleston area now is expected to see at least 1-2 inches of rain over the next several days". So the land can't absorb much more water. People living well inland should prepare to lose power and endure flooding and other hazards, he warned.

Storm -surge warning: South Santee River South Carolina to Duck North Carolina and Albemarle and Pamlico sounds, including the Neuse and Pamlico rivers as of 2 a.m. Wednesday, the NHC said.

A hurricane bringing 90 miles per hour winds and the risk of devastating storms and floods is hurtling toward the U.S., prompting a large portion of the East Coast to declare a formal state of emergency. If you are taking advantage of this late summer treat, remember rip currents and large swells will make it to our southern coastline.

Even Wilmington, North Carolina - a coastal city accustomed to severe weather - is bracing for an unusually brutal impact. "But this is pretty serious".

"There's going to be a lot of water where we don't want it", Pfaff warned in a Monday morning media briefing.

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