Storm Florence: State Of Emergency Declared As US Braces For ‘Monster Hurricane’

Jan Cross
September 12, 2018

Cantore went live with The Weather Channel Tuesday morning from Wrightsville Beach.

In the Pacific, Hurricane Olivia triggered warnings for multiple Hawaiian islands as it blew west toward an arrival over the state as soon as late Tuesday or early Wednesday. A fast-moving storm would dump a lot of rain, but not to the extent that a slow-moving stprm will.

"It looks like as soon as it gets to the coast, there's a good chance it's going to stall right out".

"It's not just the coast", Graham said. "Instead, it'll just sit and spin".

One trusted computer model, the European simulation, predicted more than 45 inches in parts of North Carolina. 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.

Carrying winds of up to 140 miles per hour (220 kph) as a Category 4 storm, Hurricane Florence is expected to strengthen and become a Category 5 storm Tuesday.

"It is an extremely unsafe, life-threatening, historic hurricane". "Basically, it's the forward motion of the hurricane combined with winds that are wrapping around sort of counterclockwise".

Florence, it said, will bring "life-threatening storm surge and rainfall to portions of the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic".

Officials say Hurricane Florence is likely to make landfall in southeastern North Carolina near the SC border.

This could add another metre or more of surge, which is forecast to be as high as four metres in some parts of North Carolina.

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"This is going to produce heavy rainfall, and it may not move very fast".

It really is impossible to say where a "bullseye" will occur in terms of rainfall due to the uncertain storm motion, but coastal areas of the Carolinas likely face the greatest threat.

A timetable of tropical storm-force winds arriving across the southeast.

By tomorrow afternoon, she said, the region may already start to see damage. Hurricane-force winds won't reach land for at least another 24 hours. For the period between 2016-2035, there were more hurricanes in general and 11 per cent more hurricanes of the Category 3, 4 and 5 classes; by the end of the century, there were 20 per cent more of the worst storms.

Once that process is complete, the storm regains its strength. The National Hurricane Center is predicting central OH could eventually see between 1 and 2 inches of rain from the massive system.

While some said they planned to stay put despite hurricane watches and warnings that include the homes of more than 5.4 million people on the East Coast, many weren't taking any chances.

Category 4 hurricanes are unusual this far north. Hurricanes need warm water to thrive - and the sea surface temperature of ocean water cools as you get further away from the tropics. Winds this strong could knock some trees over and potentially knock out power.

Florence has already demonstrated such power.

North Carolina has roughly 2,100 industrial-scale pork farms containing more than 9 million hogs - typically housed in long metal sheds with grated floors created to allow the animals' urine and feces to fall through and flow into nearby open-air pits containing millions of gallons of untreated sewage.

Will Florence be felt in Canada?

This flow is weak and lets the storm move southwest after nearing the coast.

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