Monday, 24 September, 2018

Carolina coast braces for 'Mike Tyson punch' from hurricane

NASA Releases Footage Of Hurricane Florence And Her 'Mike Tyson Punch' Stunning Footage Captured From Inside The Eye Of Hurricane Florence As It Heads For Land
Steven Clarke | 16 September, 2018, 07:14

While many coastal residents heeded mandatory evacuation orders, others boarded up homes and businesses and chose to courageous the storm, which is forecast to trigger severe flash flooding as it dumps as many as three feet (almost a meter) of rain in some areas. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned that staying put would be a grave mistake and said people in evacuation zones "need to get out now". About 3000 people died in the aftermath of that storm. "This is a storm that is historic, maybe once in a lifetime". "But even if you're in that west or south side of the storm you can see some rainfall".

"It doesn't look like it's going to weaken at this point", Flaherty said.

The storm is expected to being heavy rain, powerful winds, and a strong storm surge.

The eastbound lanes of several major highways have been shut down to allow for a smooth flow of traffic inland.

Forecasters predict the storm will make landfall late Thursday night or sometime Friday.

The hurricane is about 470 miles (755km) east-southeast of Myrtle beach, SC with maximum sustained winds of 125mph (205km/h).

President Donald Trump has urged residents to heed the official evacuation warnings.

"We're kind of at the mercy of the storm". This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast.

"The power will be off for weeks", Long said.

He said much will depend on when, where and how fast it hits ground.

Forecast maps show Florence stalling out just off the coast of the Carolinas for at least 24 hours, starting Friday morning.

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Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm but it is still considered an extremely risky and life-threatening storm.

The last time the USA capital declared a state of emergency was in January 2016 when a winter storm dubbed "Snowzilla" blanketed the capital region in knee-deep snow.

Kevin Miller, a 50-year-old electrician, said he planned to ride out the storm at his home near Charleston.

"When it comes to surge and it comes to flooding, you can either build up higher or you build back from the water", Susan Millerick of the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety said.

"He was thinking of coming here until this morning, and now he asked me if I wanted to come up there", he said. The center said the waves were measured by satellite. Walking his dog along empty streets, Belli said he's well stocked with food and water.

Gov. Henry McMaster issued a mandatory evacuation order for all coastal SC counties on Monday. Schools in 26 of the state's 46 counties were ordered closed from Tuesday. Some of these reactors - including Duke Energy's Brunswick and Harris nuclear plants in North Carolina and Dominion Energy's Surry plant in Virginia - may be directly in the hurricane's path, Reuters reported.

In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate, including from the Eastern Shore.

"I can't emphasise enough the potential for unbelievable damage from wind, storm surge and inland flooding with this storm".

"Forecasts generally project the storm to make landfall between northern SC and North Carolina's Outer Banks as a strong Category 3 on Thursday, although shifts in the track are possible and storm impacts will expand great distances beyond where landfall occurs".

He said there was "well over $US20 billion" in FEMA's disaster relief fund.

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