83-Foot Wave Recorded By Satellite Monitoring Hurricane Florence

83-Foot Wave Recorded By Satellite Monitoring Hurricane Florence

Time is running short to get out of the way of Hurricane Florence, a monster of a storm that has a region of more than 10 million people in its potentially devastating sights as it zeroes in on the Southeastern coast.

The National Weather Service said 5.25 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches, and 4.9 million in places covered by tropical storm warnings or watches. South Carolina AD Ray Tanner and I communicated all week in hopes that we could play, but in the end, not playing is the safest option for all concerned. In Pender County, a woman died of a heart attack; paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris. After a Friday landfall near Cape Fear, N.C., the storm is expected to drift slowly west, battering the Carolinas through the weekend.

On the mainland in New Bern, the authorities said more than 100 people had to be saved from floods, and that the downtown area was under water.

Resident Jay Manning said he and his wife watched with alarm as water filled the street.

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".

President Donald Trump - who was criticised for his response to the deadly Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico past year -has said the White House is absolutely, totally prepared to provide aid once Florence hits.

The impact of Florence will be widespread, with destructive winds, life-threatening storm surge, unsafe surf, torrential rainfall, flooding and the potential for tornadoes.

Blowing ashore with howling 90 miles per hour winds, Florence splintered buildings, trapped hundreds of people and swamped entire communities along the Carolina coast Friday in what could be just the opening act in a watery, two-part, slow-motion disaster.

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Hurricane Florence weakened into a Category 2 hurricane as it moved towards east coast of the United States, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Wednesday, but a life-threatening storm surge and heavy rainfall were still expected.

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm. Meacham says the state can house more than 35,000 people if needed.

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

Overall, unsafe storm surge is possible all the way from Edisto Beach, South Carolina, to the North Carolina/Virginia border. The Outer Banks of North Carolina took the initial brunt Thursday afternoon, with parts of Highway 12 - the main road that runs through Ocracoke and Hatteras islands - flooding and becoming impassable. It is expected to move across parts of southeastern North Carolina and eastern SC on Friday and Saturday, then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said.

Florence's forward movement during the day slowed to a near-standstill - sometimes it was going no faster than a human can walk - and that enabled it to pile on the rain.

As of 2 p.m., the storm was centered 435 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving at 16 mph. The more the Great Lakes one wins, the more southerly Florence will be.

Although it was once a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 140mph, the hurricane was downgraded to a Category 1 on Thursday night.

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