Is Virginia Beach Evacuating Because of Hurricane Florence?

Olive Hawkins
September 12, 2018

Axios: "The ties between Hurricane Florence and climate change" - "Hurricane Florence is a unique Atlantic hurricane, projected to stall out after hitting land and forecast to dump upwards of 2 feet of rain on several states, much like Hurricane Harvey did in Texas a year ago".

All three states ordered mass evacuations along the coast. Then Zone C. And lastly, Zone D. While zones won't always be evacuated in that order or one at a time, the zone designations are based on storm surge, flooding, and meteorological data. Tropical storm force winds are rated at 39 to 73.

The soaked ground and fierce winds could bring down trees and power lines and knock out electricity for weeks.

Communities along the Carolina coast buttoned up against the onslaught of Hurricane Florence as forecasters Wednesday warned that the monstrous storm could hesitate just offshore for days - punishing a longer stretch of coastline harder than previously feared - before pushing inland over the weekend.

Hurricane Florence is still a few days out from making landfall, and as we've seen, the forecast tract has varied.

Updated NHC forecasts showed the storm lingering near the coast, bringing days of heavy rains that could bring intense inland flooding from SC, where some areas could see as much as 40 inches (1m) of rain, to Virginia.

The lingering storm could bring days of heavy rains, which could spark intense floods from SC to Virginia.

"There's no water, there's no juices, there's no canned goods", Kristin Harrington said as she shopped at a Walmart in Wilmington. It's going to destroy infrastructure.

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The president was meeting with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency later Tuesday. Unfortunately, the forecast is for the storm to stall out and drop a ton of rain in the Carolinas.

One trusted computer model, the European simulation, predicted more than 45 inches in parts of North Carolina. University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy said that rain measured in feet is "looking likely".

SC has been hit by two further Category 4 hurricanes since: Hurricane Gracie in 1959, and Hurricane Hugo in 1989.

It really is impossible to say where a "bullseye" will occur in terms of rainfall due to the uncertain storm motion, but coastal areas of the Carolinas likely face the greatest threat.

More than a million people are expected to flee low-lying areas, as SC and Virginia ordered mandatory evacuations of coastal areas starting on Tuesday. Duke Energy spokesman Ryan Mosier said operators would begin shutting down nuclear plants at least two hours before hurricane-force winds arrive.

Larger animals like those at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, the property of which is partly under an evacuation order, are going to ride out the storm in the indoor and sheltered portions of their enclosures. Typically, local governments in the state make the call on evacuations.

An American astronaut posted two additional photographs from the International Space Station, showing the storm aimed at Cape Hatteras, a thin and vulnerable strand of islands that jut out from North Carolina.

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