Hurricane Florence Is Generating 83-Foot Waves in the Atlantic

Bracing for Hurricane Florence | Don't Miss This

The hurricane's immensity is why some 10 million people across North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are under storm watches and warnings, with meteorologists projecting Florence could become the most powerful storm to hit this part of the United States in at least 25 years.

Forecasters say wind speeds have dropped from a high of 140 miles per hour (225 kph) to 110 miles per hour (175 kph), reducing it to a Category 2 storm.

Hurricane Florence, growing in size despite its weakening winds, churned ever closer to the U.S. East Coast on Wednesday as evacuations expanded south from the Carolinas into Georgia to counter the threat of deadly high seas and calamitous floods.

As of 2:00 am, the eye of the storm was 235 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving northwest at 17 mph.

Storm surge watches and warnings are separated from hurricane alerts because hurricane-force winds and storm surges don't always occur at the same place or the same time, said Rick Knabb, the former director of the hurricane center, and now the hurricane expert at the Weather Channel.

Hurricane Florence is churning towards the U.S. east coast, prompting authorities to order more than a million people to evacuate the path of the extremely unsafe storm, which forecasters said could soon intensify.

It caused most of the 1,200 deaths in Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Overall, risky storm surge is possible all the way from Edisto Beach, South Carolina, to the North Carolina/Virginia border.

Duke Energy, a power company in the Carolinas, estimated that one million to three million customers could lose electricity because of the storm and that it could take weeks to restore.

The storm was heading for the coast of the two states but heavy rain was also expected in Virginia to the north and Georgia to the south.

The storm will slow down because of pushback from a trough - an extended area of low atmospheric pressure - now over Texas, Stacy Stewart, an NHC senior hurricane specialist, said in the update. Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said.

"In 12 or 18 hours, they may be saying different things all over again", he said.

Florence is becoming more of a threat to more people - now including some in Georgia - in more ways with a giant dose of uncertainty on top.

Computer simulations - especially the often star-performing European model - push the storm further south, even into SC and Georgia.

"I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Florence", Deal said.

As Florence closed in, President Donald Trump and state and local officials urged residents in the path of the storm to evacuate before it was too late. Unsure of what they might find when they return home, the couple went shopping for a recreational vehicle. "We're able", he said.

The storm has pretty much followed the forecast track through now, but the issue will be Thursday or Friday as it nears the coast and the steering currents collapse.

If the European model is true or the overall trend persists, University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy said it "is exceptionally bad news, as it smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge".

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.

"It's been really nice", Nicole Roland said. "If they're telling you to leave, you have to leave", Graham said.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Poland says it will block any European Union sanctions against Hungary
Szijjarto said Hungary was considering legal options to appeal the result because of the way the vote was tallied. MEPs claimed the Conservative's position on the vote was part of a bid to win backing from Orban over Brexit.

Border Patrol agent went on 2-week killing spree; 4 women dead
None of the women's names have been released, pending notification of family members. Breitbart Texas reached out to Laredo Sector officials on Saturday afternoon.

How the Waffle House is used to determine a hurricane’s fury
The restaurant chain appears to be taking the job seriously, activating its own storm center as Hurricane Florence approaches . We have 250 restaurants, and we are monitoring resources so they can roll in right after the storm.

2 hours ago Man City midfielder Silva reiterates desire for 2020 exit
Manchester City forward, David Silva expects to leave the Premier League once his contract expires in the summer of 2020. Fulham had some bright moments but were continually undermined by the number of times they gave away possession.

Trump on Hurricane Maria
Trump dismissed the findings Thursday, tweeting: "If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list". Whether those statements will be enough in an election that is shaping up to be all about the president is unknown.

Other news