Hurricane Florence Tracking Toward Carolinas Virginia Watches

Katie Ramirez
September 14, 2018

Hurricane Isaac has seriously weakened recently due to the wind shear in the Atlantic. "Now's the time to prepare".

It is now blowing with 130 miles per hour winds.

NHC forecasts showed the effects of Florence would be widely felt, with tropical storm-force winds extending almost 300 miles across three states.

"First and foremost, our thoughts are with everyone who may be affected by this storm", UCF athletic director Danny White said in a statement.

Residents along the coast in North Carolina, but also SC and Virginia have already been issued mandatory evacuation orders.

He warned residents to take precautions "because once this storm is upon us, we're not going to be able to send emergency personnel out to rescue you".

The governor of neighboring North Carolina ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination, and parts of coastal Dare County. "People are doing a pretty good job now".

However, with the Florence making landfall in the the Carolinas, it is expected to cause prices to increase and fluctuate. "I would say everybody should get out".

"This is not going to be a quick hit across the coast", he said.

He said Congress would be generous with disaster relief funding.

In its own release, Virginia Tech officials had planned to wait until Wednesday to determine the status of the game based on updated storm projections.

FLORENCE: Up to 30 percent of NC could lose power
Officials in the potential path of Florence urged people to evacuate their coastal homes and directed drivers away from the coast. The massive storm is larger than North Carolina and South Carolina - combined, according to South Carolina Emergency Management.

Trump said the storm will be "tremendously big and tremendously wet - tremendous amount of water".

Florence could be the strongest hurricane to make landfall on the Carolinas since Hurricane Hazel in 1954.

DAT Solutions reported the Labor Day holiday and the need to position freight ahead of Hurricane Florence led to an increase in spot truckload van and refrigerated freight rates during the week ended September 8. Combined with high tides, the storm surge could swell as high as 12 feet. Shutdowns also were possible at two more plants in the path of predicted hurricane-force winds. A year ago, people would have laughed off such a forecast, but the European model was accurate in predicting 60 inches (150 centimetres) for Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area, so "you start to wonder what these models know that we don't", University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy said. Another four million people are under a tropical storm watch.

So far this season, there have been nine named storms - five of them were hurricanes. The storm is expected to strengthen again over the next day or so.

"I don't think many of us have ever been through a Category 4".

- Storm surge is also a major concern, potentially reaching 13 feet in parts of North Carolina.

Hurricane Florence continued its path towards the USA on Tuesday with the potential to cause catastrophic damage to the coasts of the mid-Atlantic and southeastern regions, according to officials. "This rainfall could produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding". "That, folks, is extremely life-threatening".

At 11 p.m., the storm was centred 670 miles (1,075 km) southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving at 17 mph (28 kph).

Duke coach David Cutcliffe says the team will leave Durham on Thursday instead of its typical Friday departure because it's "our best opportunity to get out". "The full brunt of a major hurricane (Category 4 or so), then perhaps 30 to 40 inches of rainfall if the storm stalls".

"Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls".

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