Climate Change Drives Bigger, Wetter Storms - Storms Like Florence

Katie Ramirez
September 14, 2018

Forecasters said the hurricane's strength is expected to fluctuate but it still will be a unsafe storm by the time it reaches the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday. Although Olivia is expected to move over the islands as a tropical storm, it could still bring worse impacts than recent Hurricane Lane to some areas, the center said.

The states have already declared a state of emergency in preparation for Hurricane Florence.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said his state is "in the bullseye" and urged people to "get ready now".

Swells from the storm are already reaching Bermuda and parts of the US coast.

Kottlowski is concerned that Florence will slow down and possibly stall near or inland of the coast, potentially leading to a life-threatening flooding situation.

In a tweet, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) tweeted that "residents in all coastal evacuation zones in all counties must evacuate beginning at noon tomorrow, Tuesday, September 11, 2018".

"This is a very risky hurricane", McMaster said, adding that the evacuation order for coastal counties was "mandatory, not voluntary". This is the eleventh year on record that the Atlantic has had three or more named storms simultaneously. "Flooding is the deadliest result of these storms".

"I want to emphasize this hurricane is likely to have an impact statewide, not just our costal areas".

Lumberton, North Carolina, is about 80 miles inland, but people there still made a run on supplies at the local Lowe's, said store manager Mackie Singletary. Cooper already issued a state of emergency late last week.

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Lining up behind Florence, Isaac was about 1,150 miles east of the Windward Islands with top winds of 75 mph early Monday, accelerating on a path to cross into the lower Caribbean Thursday as a weak hurricane.

USA airlines are allowing passengers to change their travel plans as Hurricane Florence threatens the east coast. Further south, from Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, to Cape Fear could see 4 to 6 feet of surge and further north, from Cape Lookout to Ocracoke Inlet, North Carolina, could see 5 to 8 feet of storm surge.

Lifelong Wilmington North Carolina, resident Terry Jackson said he and his wife have chose to stay and ride out the storm.

In announcing his evacuation order, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said an estimated 1 million people would be fleeing the coast.

Gov. Henry McMaster says he's preparing the state for winds as powerful as Hurricane Hugo, which plowed inland almost 30 years ago and caused devastating damage.

In addition, in the Pacific, what's now Hurricane Olivia is forecast to approach Hawaii as a tropical storm on Tuesday.

Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 140 miles per hour (220 kph) as it moved west-northwest at 13 miles per hour (20 kph). Get ready. Get evacuated.

NHC warned: "The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of onshore winds, where the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves".

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