Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Hurricane Florence threatens millions on US East Coast

Sandra Phillips | 12 September, 2018, 23:57

Then, as the high-pressure system steering Florence weakens, the hurricane is expected to hang out inland for days, showering the region with rain much like Hurricane Harvey did to Houston a year ago. "We are ready for the big one that is coming!"

"Saluda is right in the middle of the cone".

The North and SC coasts are on high alert as residents brace for Hurricane Florence's brutal lashing.

Hurricane Florence seen from the International Space Station.

President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid.

Speaking in the Oval Office alongside Trump, FEMA administrator Brock Long said Florence may be a "very devastating storm".

While a man who gave his name as Joe, a contractor from Carolina, admitted he was "scared" but said he had survived storms before and was determined to make it through this one.

His main concern is heavy downpours.

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Alamance County residents should brace for at least 2 to 4 inches and as much as 10 inches of rain over the weekend, the National Weather Service said Wednesday, Sept. 12.

"Apparently there's a lot of uncertainty at this point".

"It's pretty unusual for us to have extreme weather", Hrynyshyn said. But the company reported that wastewater levels inside the pits were low, and that "we're more prepared than ever", Duke Energy spokesman Bill Norton told the AP. "I don't expect to get a catastrophic amount of rain, but nobody predicted the massive amount of rain that we got in May". Florence exploded into a potentially catastrophic hurricane Monday as it closed in on North and SC, carrying winds up to 140 miles per hour (220 kph) and water that could wreak havoc over a wide stretch of the eastern United States later this week.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Florence had racked up winds of 130mph and is on a trajectory which suggests its centre is most likely to hit the south coast of North Carolina by Friday.

As well, Global Affairs said Wednesday Canadians should avoid travelling to parts of the Caribbean, including Dominica, Guadeloupe and Martinique, because tropical storm Isaac is headed in that direction.

Cooper, the governor of neighboring North Carolina, ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination, and parts of coastal Dare County.

"Canadians should contact their loved ones who may be in harm's way to ensure that they are aware of the latest recommendations".

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