Hurricane Florence to 'bring Mike Tyson punch to Carolina coast'

Katie Ramirez
September 15, 2018

Losses from Florence could be on par with those from two previous storms: Hurricane Hazel, which ravaged North Carolina in 1954, causing $15 billion in losses, and Hurricane Hugo in 1989, which caused $20 billion, according to a report from risk modeling firm RMS on Tuesday.

So, what's the worst that could happen? "A tremendous amount of water".

"Don't play games with it", he added.

Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said that while Florence is expected to slow down considerably by late Thursday and into Friday, it will still be an "extremely risky major hurricane" when it makes landfall.

"Dangerous" Florence has maximum sustained winds of 130mph and will be a Category 4 storm when it makes landfall on Friday morning.

Life-threatening storm surges of up to 13 feet (3.9 meters) were also forecast in some areas of North Carolina along with the possibility of tornadoes.

The latest forecasts show the storm lingering near the coast and bringing intense inland flooding from SC, where some areas could see as much as 40 inches (1m) of rain, to Virginia. Isaac could bring heavy rainfall to Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe.

Hurricane Florence can be tracked via the National Hurricane Center (NHC) which gives regular updates on the path of Florence every three hours.

On Wednesday, we got an inside look at the planes at Lakeland Linder Airport. "So, there's not a lot of capacity to soak up the extra water", Samson said.

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Meteorologist Sandy LaCorte said the 11 a.m. forecast did not change much from the one six hours prior, and that the track takes the risky storm right through the heart of SC. "You feel like you should have already left". "I would go visit a relative somewhere away from the shoreline".

Staying there also allowed her to keep an eye on their freezers and fridges holding food.

Hurricane Florence has gotten a little bit weaker but it remains a very large and unsafe storm.

That's because in addition to the extensive flooding, the hurricane is expected to knock out power along the coast, according to an analysis done by a team headed by Seth Guikema, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of MI.

"This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast", said Jeff Byard, the associate administrator for response and recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Rather than pushing up toward western Virginia, the storm's center is now predicted to move across eastern SC on Friday night and Saturday.

Meanwhile, some of North Carolina's 2,100 industrial-size hog farmers are scrambling to drain waste pools containing manure before the hurricane hits, according to NPR.

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand.

However, since the Fukushima disaster in 2011, USA power plants have installed more safety equipment, such as waterproofing, portable pumps and generators, Duke Energy spokeswoman Mary Kathryn Green told Reuters.

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