Because the storm will slow it moves over the eastern Carolinas, these wind impacts will be magnified. "We have a day off. Let's get drunk!'" Jordan Berry, the barman at a local sports bar, told the site. Areas from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout face a potential 9 to 13 feet of storm surge, the National Hurricane Center warns, on top of the normal tides. "It's a big one". Categories only represent the speed of sustained winds, and these are still destructive.
"We're a little anxious about the storm surge so we came down to see what the river is doing now", said Linda Smith, 67, a retired nonprofit director.
Hurricane Florence, after weeks of warnings, has finally begun to touch down in the Carolinas on Thursday afternoon. North Carolina alone could get from 20 to 30 inches, with isolated spots possibly receiving 40 inches. That's enough to fill more than 15 million Olympic-size swimming pools. "Not only that, but the wind field actually expands as the center of circulation starts to lose some intensity, you'll start to get hurricane force winds further out from the storm".
"It's cumulative damage", Myers said. "It's just going to be pounding and pounding and pounding for such a long period of time". Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. This implies that water, even more so than wind, is the most risky element of a major storm.
Florence is forecast to move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and northeastern SC in the hurricane warning area Thursday night and Friday. The centre is slowing down and is expected to stall and perhaps wander around just off shore on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Storm surge, the rise in seawater above normally dry land at the coast, could rise a story high. As Carolina officials are warning residents: leave, now, or else you're on your own.
Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from a lethal blow by Maria last year, could see some rain and gusty wind, but nothing close to last year. More than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out. It is updating its outages in North and SC in real-time. Officials worry that as many as 1,000 of the town's 6,300 residents are staying in the town, which is less than 5 feet above sea level.
Brock, meanwhile, said the surges "are going to be a major problem way up into the streams and tributaries that come out of sound areas". "Flooding is nearly guaranteed".
Mass evacuations ahead of Hurricane Florence are still taking place while residents and tourists hope to evade what could be the strongest hurricane in decades to strike the East Coast. She packed up what she could and took a ferry Tuesday night.
"But I'm staying", she said. REUTERS/Chris KeanePeople walk past a boarded up building before Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Carolina Beach, North Carolina, U.S., September 12, 2018.
Florence's expanse even captured the attention of the astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station, who have been tweeting pictures of the storm back to Earth.
If you're in the path of this storm, get out of it. Pack your stuff into the attic and your auto, grab the preferred kids, pets, and spouse, and head inland.
A few of the high-resolution images show the towering walls of the eye of the storm where things are ever so much calmer than they are near the wall of the eye.
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