Hundreds of people are awaiting rescue from their homes in New Bern, North Carolina, as flood waters continue to rise from Hurricane Florence . The family is hoping for the best, given the potential threats the hurricane poses to lives and properties.
From Thursday night through Sunday morning, CNN reported that Florence would travel only 150 miles, or slower than the average walking pace of 2-3 mph. The Miami-based center says the center of the eye moved ashore with top sustained winds of 90 miles per hour, making Florence a Category 1 hurricane in terms of wind intensity.
Forecasters said parts of North Carolina could get 20 inches (50 centimetres) of rain, if not more, with as much as 10 inches (25 centimetres) elsewhere in the state and in Virginia, parts of Maryland and Washington, D.C. Once the storm makes landfall, the threats are far from over. Florence's projected path includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and numerous hog farms that store animal waste in huge lagoons.
Horry County Police Chief Joseph Hill urges residents to take the category 4 hurricane seriously. While some said they planned to stay put despite hurricane watches and warnings extending over the homes of more than 5.4 million people on the East Coast, many weren't taking any chances.
The center of Florence, no longer classified as a major hurricane but a grave threat to life and property, is expected to hit North Carolina's southern coast Friday , then drift southwest before moving inland on Saturday , enough time to drop as much as 40 inches (1 meter) of rain, according to the National Hurricane Center .
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It will strike with torrential rains, powerful winds and potentially devastating flooding. The latest projections of Florence, now a Category 4 storm, show it shifting south putting Georgia in its possible path. And there will be flooding in the inland areas as well. To hasten evacuations from coastal SC, officials reversed the flow of traffic on some highways so all major roads led away from shore.
As of noon EDT, Florence was centered about 575 miles (925 kilometers) south-southeast of Bermuda, moving west at 13 mph (20 kph). Stay with tampabay.com for updates. "Warm sea surface temperatures and low wind shear (which, when high, can zap the energy from a storm) have set up flawless conditions for Florence to intensify".
Near Pensacola, Florida, more than a foot of rain has fallen in the last few days. Rain moving in will become heavy at times Saturday night over western areas, and become heavier over eastern areas on Sunday. Rain totals should have no problem reaching 2"-4" over the course of Friday/Saturday/Sunday with some higher totals certainly possible. A flash flood watch means there are conditions that could lead to flash flooding, especially in low-lying areas.
Winds will begin hitting the Carolina coast 8 p.m. Wednesday and the middle of the two states by 8 a.m. Thursday, NOAA says . The state of SC also declared a state of emergency on Saturday. Florence was a Category 4 hurricane last week, the first of the 2018 Atlantic season. The Ohio Valley ridge is concerning because Florence could stop moving pretty quickly around day 5, potentially leading to a serious heavy rain episode and inland flood hazard.
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The NHC's hurricane warning covers all of coastal MS and Alabama, with a tropical storm warning reaching to Morgan City, Alabama, and Florida's Okaloosa-Walton County Line. The National Hurricane Center said it is way too early to know if either of those storms will have any impact on land. On the Mississippi Gulf Coast, 12 casinos that were ordered closed Tuesday were given permission Wednesday to open at noon.
This is the first confirmed death possibly related to Tropical Storm Gordon . It brought with it heavy rains and sustained winds of 70 miles per hour, just shy of hurricane strength. As of now, there is nothing to worry about in regards to Florence for Alabama, but the East coast will have to watch it as we head into the weekend and early next week.
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In an update on Wednesday afternoon , the NHC said a vigorous low-pressure area associated with a tropical wave is forecast to form between the coast of Africa and the Cabo Verde Islands on Thursday. October 5 - Downgraded to a depression off the coast of Louisiana. Hawaii was spared a direct hit from a major hurricane as Lane diminished to a tropical storm as it approached and then drifted west, further from land.
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Tropical storm force winds (39-73 mph) stretch out to 140 miles, so even if the hurricane doesn't make landfall, it could have widespread impact. A hurricane warning remains in effect for Hawaii's Big Island, Maui and Oahu, including Honolulu, as Hurricane Lane, now a Category 4 storm, brings torrential rain to parts of the state on Wednesday.
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