Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

NASA Releases Footage Of Hurricane Florence And Her 'Mike Tyson Punch'

A mandatory evacuation is in effect in preparation of the approaching Hurricane Florence Here's what the DC region can expect from Hurricane Florence
Sandra Phillips | 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.

Hurricane Florence Zeroes In On Carolinas, Bringing 130 MPH Winds
Forecasters warn that millions could be affected by the hurricane, and have urged mass evacuations of areas within its path. President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency in North and SC , thus facilitating federal aid to those states.

People are having ‘hurricane parties’ to distract themselves from Florence
Like a bulldozer, the storm's winds and forward motion will push a tremendous amount of water onshore when it makes landfall. The NHC notes that amount of rainfall would "produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding".

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In their conclusions, the German researchers said there was evidence that some church files were manipulated or destroyed. Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said DiNardo and O'Malley would meet with Francis on Thursday in the Apostolic Palace.

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.

You can also review the South Carolina Emergency Management Division's checklist for preparation.

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".

He warned residents to be prepared for mass power outages that could last for days or weeks, echoing the sentiments shared by Duke Energy on Wednesday.

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.

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