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

Katie Ramirez
September 12, 2018

On the five-level Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale Florence is a Category 4, meaning it is capable of causing "catastrophic damage". The funneling effect will cause the water to go higher, and there are predictions of a 6- to 10-foot wall of water. Tropical storm-force winds would extend almost 300 miles across three states. Eight dogs and 18 cats from a shelter in Norfolk, Virginia, were sent to two shelters in Washington to make room for pets expected to be displaced by the hurricane.

Residents prepared by boarding up their homes and stocking up on food, water and other essentials, stripping shop shelves of stock.

Trump has declared states of emergency for North and SC ahead of the Category 4 hurricane, which frees up help from federal agencies.

Hurricane Florence heading towards the US East Coast.

The federal government has made similar warnings, with FEMA Administrator Brock Long saying Florence could knock out power for "weeks".

The Category 4 storm is located 905 miles (1456 km) east of Cape Fear, North Carolina and has maximum wind speeds of 130 mph (209 km/h), according to the National Hurricane Center.

This is a large and exceptionally powerful storm, and although it may weaken slightly before making landfall, its winds are forecast to reach at least 130mph. Forecasters also were tracking two other disturbances.

A storm as big as Hurricane Florence will hit with a "one-two punch" deluge of water, Erik Salna, the associate director of the International Hurricane Research Center at Florida International University, says. The Navy, Air Force and Army were moving ships and aircraft out of harm's way.

"This storm is going to be a direct hit".

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Approximately 2,000 South Carolina National Guard Soldiers and Airmen were activated and are now emplaced throughout the Palmetto state September 11, 2018 in preparation for landfall of Hurricane Florence.

"The reason there are going to be more major hurricanes is not necessarily there are going to be that many more's really the fact that those storms are going to get there faster", said Kieran Bhatia, lead author of the new research in the Journal of Climate.

"That's the million dollar question and, right now, we just don't have an answer to it", he said.

He said that North Carolinians should obey evacuation orders, as Florence is expected to affect millions in both North and SC. Computer models predict more than 3 feet of rain in the eastern part of the state, a fertile low-lying plain veined by brackish rivers with a propensity for escaping their banks. It will move across the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and into the southern and western Gulf where it might organize into a tropical depression or tropical storm over the next couple days.

Forecasters also anticipate 8 to 12 feet of storm surge above ground within surge prone areas.

Florence's projected path includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and numerous hog farms that store animal waste in huge lagoons. Coastal areas in both Carolinas have taken steps to evacuate residents and tourists, including a mandatory evacuation in SC. Typically, local governments in North Carolina make the call on evacuations. Flooding, a metric those categories don't take into account, can often become a costly problem, as seen when Hurricane Harvey flooded parts of Texas and Louisiana in 2017.

Millions have been ordered to evacuate their homes as the storm rages closer to the mainland. Her 88-year-old mother refused to evacuate and will stay with her.

Streets were quiet with schools and many offices and businesses closed.

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