Hurricane Florence Charleston: Latest Forecast & Track

Olive Hawkins
September 14, 2018

However, it's possible that Florence will stay just offshore, dumping rain on North Carolina as she moves south, not moving inland until she reaches Myrtle Beach.

And don't be fooled by the fact that Florence has weakened slightly to a strong Category 2 hurricane.

Hurricane Florence is predicted to creep across the coast from North Carolina to SC, drenching a wide area after making landfall late Thursday or early Friday. Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind, and he said it will still be an extremely risky storm for rain and storm surge.

"This will be a storm that's going to be far larger than we have seen in perhaps decades", Trump said. He added later, "Most of the fatalities in these tropical systems is water".

Florence's hurricane force winds now extends 80 miles from the center, while the tropical storm force winds reaches almost 200 miles, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Though Florence won't be making landfall until Friday, tropical-storm-force winds - 39 to 73 miles per hour (63 to 117 km/h) - will begin whipping through coastal regions as early as tomorrow, making it exceptionally unsafe to be outside, Graham said. So we're going to have delayed impacts from this even after landfall on Friday.

The forecast calls for as much as 40 inches (102 centimeters) of rain over seven days along the coast, with the deluge continuing even as the center of the storm pushes its way over the Appalachian Mountains. You're going to be displaced from your home in the coastal areas. "So instead of maybe 120 mph winds for 30 minutes, you might end up with 90-100 mph winds for a couple of hours, or three or four hours".

"This rainfall will produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding", the briefing said. "Especially for people that we've already told to evacuate".

"It truly is really about the whole size of this storm, " National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said.

And if Florence weren't enough, other storms out there are threatening people.

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Visualizations developed by Global News showed just how many there were around the globe as of September 13. On Thursday morning, South 17th Street, usually teeming with commuter traffic by 6:30 a.m., was almost devoid of cars.

The Union Point Park Complex is seen flooded as the Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, Sept. 13, 2018.

Manure lagoons are about as pleasant as they sound-vast open-air ponds of manure located next to the many hog farms near the North Carolina coast.

"The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of onshore winds, where the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves".

Rick Leuttich directs the University of North Carolina's Institute of Marine Science Morehead City, and is one of the principal developers of the ADCIRC coastal circulation and storm surge model.

The shelter had been set up in a school and was offering temporary refugee from the elements to around 400 people on Thursday, although it had a capacity for up to 1,200 in the popular seaside resort. Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles (130 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles (315 kilometers).

"Extremely unsafe winds will cause extensive damage: Well-constructed frame homes could sustain major roof and siding damage".

"However they can topple unanchored mobile homes, as well as uproot or snap weak trees".

Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and restoration could take weeks.

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