NASA Releases Footage Of Hurricane Florence And Her 'Mike Tyson Punch'
NASA Releases Footage Of Hurricane Florence And Her 'Mike Tyson Punch'
Here's what the DC region can expect from Hurricane Florence
14 September, 2018, 02:05
A storm surge warning has been issued from South Santee River, SC, to Duck, NC, and the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds. On top of that, a disastrous amount of rain - 500mm, possibly even as much as 1m - is expected to fall.
The result: catastrophic inland flooding that could swamp homes, businesses, farm fields and industrial sites.
Hurricane-force winds were blowing 130 km from its centre, and tropical-storm-force winds reached up to 315km from the eye. This implies that water, even more so than wind, is the most unsafe element of a major storm.
Forecasters also say the storm surge - or wall of water - that the hurricane's winds and forward movement push on shore, could cause normally dry areas to be flooded by up to 4 meters of water moving inland. Some of the storm's wind and rain could even creep into eastern Georgia.
And now, many more people, houses and buildings are set to endure hurricane-force winds, which extend 80 miles out from Florence's center. The other thing this will put us at increased threat for is for possible tornadoes. Hurricanes that fall into categories 1 or 2 are still considered risky, the center says.
Hurricane warnings are in effect for the South Santee River in SC to Duck, North Carolina, and Albemarle and Pamlico sounds. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.
Roy Cooper warned residents to not let their guard down ahead of Hurricane Florence's landfall later this week.
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But between evacuations and storm shutter installations, NASA and NOAA are keeping people informed and entertained. If you're anywhere near the affected regions or have loved ones in the deadly Category 2 storm's path, make sure to keep track of what government and other storm trackers are advising. Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Maryland have declared states of emergency. Regardless of whether a system forms, they say heavy rain and gusty winds are likely along the Texas and Louisiana coast later this week.
The East Coast isn't the only area facing the brunt of a storm. The slow forward motion means Florence will batter the area with heavy rainfall, producing up to 40 inches in coastal North Carolina and northeastern SC. As it turns into southern SC. But forecasters also said the opposite could happen when it brushed up against strong wind shear. The winds had been as high as 140 miles per hour earlier in the week.
"Well-constructed frame homes could sustain major roof and siding damage". Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. "Several million will probably lose power".
By late Thursday afternoon, the Carolina coasts can expect winds stronger than 80 miles per hour. As of 8 a.m., the hurricane is predicted to make landfall along the coast of the Carolinas tomorrow (Sept. 14), according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center.
Isaac, along with Florence, Helene and two other systems increasingly likely to form, have set a hectic pace for the Atlantic - even busier than a year ago when Harvey, Isaac and Maria made landfall within three weeks of each other.
The hurricane is expected to weaken into a tropical depression as it continues westward into SC and Georgia. It's possible that a storm surge between one and three feet may impact coastal Chesapeake Bay areas.
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FEMA has warned that while downgraded, the storm will still generate life threatening storm surge and rainfall in North and SC . National Guard soldiers from the state, North Carolina and Virginia are mobilizing to prepare for hurricane recovery efforts.
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