Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Hurricane Florence: Storm downgraded but threat remains

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Sandra Phillips | 16 September, 2018, 14:28

Nighttime winds have gone from 140mph (225kph) to 115mph (185kph), and further weakening is expected as Florence approaches the coast.

Overnight Tropical Storm Isaac weakened to a depression over the Eastern Caribbean Sea according to the 5:00 am Advisory issued by the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

"Rail cars with vehicles destined for export from Charleston have been diverted to secure holding areas until the storm passes", BMW spokesman Kenn Sparks said.

People walk past storm shuttered buildings on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk in Myrtle Beach. "We could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens from the Space Station, 400 km directly above the eye", astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted on Wednesday.

The category 4 hurricane is located about 575 miles (925 km) southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina packing maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (215 km per hour), it said.

Robert Faircloth is preparing for Hurricane Florence.

Masters said there's a tug-of-war between two clear skies high pressure systems - one off the coast and one over MI - and the more the Great Lakes one wins, the more southerly Florence will be.

"If you are refusing to leave during this mandatory evacuation, you need to do things like notify your legal next of kin because the loss of life is very, very possible", Mayor Mitch Colvin said at a news conference. "We'll handle it. We're ready, we're able".

The hurricane center is forecasting the storm to hover near the coast Saturday with winds of around 80 miles per hour (130 kph) before landfall, but with rainfall in the 20 to 30 inches (50 to 75 centimeter) range and up to 13 feet (nearly 4 meters) of storm surge.

"This rainfall would produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding", the NHC said.

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Sprayberry delivered one of his final briefings before the storm hit on Thursday as Hurricane Florence began her dramatic descent. Browning's choice to stay in the hurricane warning zone wasn't easy, she said, but she "could not find anywhere to go".

Wilmington, North Carolina, just north of where Florence appeared headed for shore, grew empty and quiet on Wednesday.

At least 88,000 people were without power in North Carolina with the brunt of the storm yet to come, according to the state's emergency management agency.

Duke Energy Corp expected between 25 percent and 75 percent of its 4 million customers would lose power in the Carolinas.

As of 11pm local time (4am BST), the storm was centred 280 miles south-east of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving north-west at 17 mph.

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 state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety", Deal said.

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

Tropical Storm Florence dumped "epic" amounts of rain on North and SC as it trudged inland on Saturday, knocking out power and causing at least eight deaths as flood waters that have devastated many communities kept rising.

People fleeing coastal North and SC clogged highways Wednesday as Florence bore down for a direct hit in the low-lying region dense with beachfront vacation homes. "There's nobody left to work".

"This is probably the only exercise I get this week", she said. "You can't stop Mother Nature".

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