Wind approaches outer banks of North Carolina

Jan Cross
September 14, 2018

Already some roads were flooded. But the storm surge will be no less devastating for homes and business located there.

Persistent rains with 160 km/h winds or higher will take their toll on structures. The storm surge could rise up to 13 feet - that's water inundating homes up to the first-floor ceiling, the National Hurricane Center said. Forecasters are also warning of catastrophic inland flooding that could swamp homes, businesses, farm fields and industrial sites.

He added: 'The waves and the wind this storm may bring is nothing like you've ever seen.

The downgraded status of the storm, which indicates that Hurricane Florence is moving at maximum sustained wind speeds of 110 miles per hour, means little in terms of its impact and deadly potential, according to Elliot Abrams, chief forecaster at Accuweather.

Florence has forced people to cut their holidays short along the coast, while the storm's projected path includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and numerous pig farms that store animal waste in huge lagoons. Currently, the hurricane-force winds extend outward 80 miles from the center and tropical storm-force winds extend almost 200 miles from the eye.

In the 11 p.m. ET advisory, Florence was 280 miles southeast of Wilmington, NC, packing maximum-sustained winds of 110 mph and moving to the northwest at 17 mph. "The larger and the slower the storm is, the greater the threat and the impact - and we have that".

Even if Florence were downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane, it would still cause extensive damage, Abrams says.

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In South Carolina and inland parts of North Carolina , 5 to 10 inches of rain could fall, with 20 inches possible in some areas. Rather than pushing up toward western Virginia, the storm's center is now predicted to move across the middle of SC .

Windows and doors are boarded up in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Florence September 12, 2018 in Morehead City, North Carolina. A further 10 million people are now under some form of storm watch. The more it hovers just off shore, the more potentially deadly storm surge it could push on-shore. "Surge-related flooding can vary greatly over short distances", the advisory said. Rainfalls up to 40 inches (102 centimeters) in some places are expected in a region ranging from coastal North Carolina to northeastern SC, with flash flooding likely, according to the NHC.

The East Coast isn't the only area facing the brunt of a storm.

The Hurricane Florence has began to unleash fierce rains across the United States southeast. The heaviest rainfall is still expected in South and North Carolina, with upwards of 30 inches of rainfall possible in some locations.

The strongest winds will occur where and when the storm makes landfall in a ring around the calm eye of the storm known as the eyewall. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. So, the winds will be winding down much quicker near the coast before those winds get up here.

Duke Energy said Florence, a Category 2 storm, could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks. It's moving at 15 miles per hour, but as it nears the Carolina coast, it will dramatically slow down.

Florence is expected to make landfall about 8 a.m. Friday, then stall over the Wilmington region, dumping up to 35 inches of rain and prompting worry of "extreme" flash flooding.

Isaac, along with Florence, Helene and two other systems increasingly likely to form, have set a hectic pace for the Atlantic - even busier than previous year when Harvey, Isaac and Maria made landfall within three weeks of each other. Then they can assess the damage and begin the restoration process. While all simulations show the storm turning back to the north Sunday or Monday (local time), exactly where that turns occurs is a big wild card.

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