Trump says government is 'absolutely, totally prepared' for Hurricane Florence

Daniel Fowler
September 12, 2018

The latest NOAA model for the storm adds a new layer of concern for people in the Carolinas, where Florence seems likely to hit at this point.

Florence is approximately 370 miles south-southwest of Bermuda and around 845 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, as of 2 p.m. ET, according to the NHC.

Officials are also predicting major flooding in places "well away" from the storm's landfall, such as West Virginia, Maryland, southern Pennsylvania and northern Georgia, Steve Goldstein, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration liaison to FEMA, said on the call. He has declared states of emergency for North and SC ahead of the storm, which frees up help from federal agencies.

It's not just North Carolina that is "taking Hurricane Florence seriously", either, in SC and Virginia residents have also declared states of emergency following the updates on the storm.

A warm ocean gives hurricanes their energy, and Florence is moving over an area with water temperatures nearing 85F (30C), hurricane specialist Eric Blake reported.

"I need to make sure we are focused on Hurricane Florence", Byard said when asked about Maria.

The NHC said Florence is expected to be an "extremely risky major hurricane" when it makes landfall in the Carolinas late Thursday or early Friday, bringing life-threatening storm surge to coastal areas.

Critics slammed the response to Maria compared to FEMA's response to Hurricane Harvey, which hit the mainland USA around the same time.

Hurricane Florence - the most powerful storm to threaten the Carolinas in almost three decades - is expected to strengthen, say forecasters.

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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has issued a mandatory evacuation for a portion of Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore in preparation of the impact of Hurricane Florence.

"This one really scares me", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said.

Since then, the coastal population has grown by thousands of people. "All you have to do is look up at your ceiling, and think about 12ft [of water]".

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

"As there is a mandatory evacuation order in place for our region, our plant is now closed until further notice, a Volvos spokesperson told us".

Florence interrupted her stay on North Carolina's Outer Banks.

"The largest threat to life from hurricanes is not the high winds".

Meanwhile, there are two other storms in the vicinity - Isaac and Olivia have become tropical storms, with Isaac heading for the Caribbean and Olivia set to hit Hawaii early on Wednesday.

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