Why Hurricane Florence Is So Dangerous

ABC NewsFlorence's path has it slowing and spinning just off the coast of North Carolina

ABC NewsFlorence's path has it slowing and spinning just off the coast of North Carolina

More than a dozen such Superfund sites in and around Houston flooded previous year in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, with spills of potentially hazardous materials reported at two. Computer models predict more than 3 feet of rain in the eastern part of North Carolina, a fertile low-lying plain veined by brackish rivers with a propensity for escaping their banks. Meanwhile, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's GOES weather satellites are providing some spectacular views of the group storms from space. A hospital in Hampton, Virginia, was transferring patients to safer places.

Residents prepared by boarding up their homes and stocking up on food, water and other essentials, stripping many grocery store shelves of merchandise.

After Florence reaches the North Carolina coast, the consensus of the models indicates that the center of Florence might drift down the SC coast, spreading the misery into that state, perhaps significantly affecting Charleston and even Savannah.

The ocean is moving inland ahead of Florence as storm surge begins to flood the Carolinas coast, according to the NHC.

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said the emergency was "effective immediately" and "ensures that we will have the resources we need to prepare".

Packing winds of up to 220 km/h (140 mph) late Monday, Florence was expected to further strengthen and become "an extremely risky major hurricane" by the time in makes landfall in the Carolinas on Thursday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in a 21:00 UTC update.

Significantly, hurricane-force winds extended 70 miles (110 kilometres) from the eye, and tropical-storm-force winds reached 175 miles (280 kilometres) outward, making outdoor preparations hard or risky as early as Thursday.

Even without the extreme wind speeds of a Category 5 storm, though, Hurricane Florence is likely to be a serious and life-threatening storm, Cline said.

ABC News Rainfall could be as much as 40 inches locally along the North Carolina coast
ABC News Rainfall could be as much as 40 inches locally along the North Carolina coast

Hurricane Camille formed in the Gulf of Mexico and hit MS as a Category 5 storm.

"This one really scares me", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said.

State and federal officials have frequently urged residents in the target zone to evacuate but there was resistance along the coast.

Florence could have devastating impacts in Virginia, including storm surges, inland flooding, downed trees and power outages, Gov. Ralph Northam said. It's going to destroy infrastructure. "But again, trying to just get some of these animals out into the foster homes so we can clear shelter for emergency situations", says Donna Stucker with the Humane Society.

Forecasts from the National Hurricane Center on September 11 showed Florence reach North and SC as the weekend begins. Meteorologists struggled Tuesday to identify where exactly the storm will come ashore.

Hurricane Helene and potential disturbances No. 1 and No. 2 are not expected to affect land over the next several days, if ever.

President Trump said Tuesday that the federal government is "totally prepared" for Hurricane Florence and declared states of emergency in Virginia and the Carolinas after meeting with Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long. Ryan Moser, a spokesman for the North Carolina-based electricity company Duke Energy, said operators would begin shutting down nuclear plants at least two hours before hurricane-force winds arrive. "If you have to make large scale evacuations, make the call early". Flooding, a metric those categories don't take into account, can often become a costly problem, as seen when Hurricane Harvey flooded parts of Texas and Louisiana in 2017.

Schools and state parks have closed.

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