Hurricane Florence has ingredients that make experts worry

Hurricane Florence has ingredients that make experts worry

Hurricane Florence has ingredients that make experts worry

Florence continues to grow in size and strength, now poised to become the strongest hurricane in nearly 30 years to hit the Carolinas as more than 1 million people began fleeing the USA coastline.

If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could bring torrential rain all the way into the Appalachian mountains and as far away as West Virginia, causing flash floods, mudslides and other unsafe conditions in places that do not usually get much tropical weather.

Forecasters with the NHC said that the hurricane would near Category 5 in strength - which is at the top of the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale - by Tuesday afternoon. Some weather models have shown as much as 30-to-40 inches of rain falling across some areas of interior North Carolina, which would result in catastrophic flooding.

"All indications are that the storm will slow down and just crawl or meander over the inland sections and the coastal Piedmont", Weather Channel hurricane expert Bryan Norcross said.

At least 250,000 more people were due to be evacuated from the northern Outer Banks in North Carolina on Tuesday after more than 50,000 people were ordered on Monday to leave Hatteras and Ocracoke, the southernmost of the state's barrier islands.

"This storm is a monster", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said. "The threat will be inland, so I'm afraid, based on my experience at FEMA, that the public is probably not as prepared as everybody would like", said Craig Fugate, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. One power station, Duke Energy Corp's Brunswick plant, the closest to the area where landfall is forecast, faced a likely shutdown as a precaution. Three of them - Harvey, Irma and Maria - were major hurricanes that ravaged Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and many Caribbean islands.

The American Red Cross said more than 700 workers were headed to the region while shelters were set up to house those unable to flee.


Even as the computer models that meteorologists use to derive their forecasts converged on the idea that the hurricane will not make a northward turn away from land before reaching the United States, it became more evident that a growing area of high pressure north of the storm would cause the storm to slow down - perhaps even stalling - once it reaches the coast.

The Atlantic Coast Conference also announced that Wake Forest's game against BC in Winston-Salem will now start at 5:30 p.m.to get done earlier with Florence approaching the Carolinas' coastline Thursday and Friday.

Days before its arrival, Florence was already disrupting commercial operations.

The governors of South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia have declared emergencies.

Residents boarded up their homes and stripped grocery stores bare of food, water and supplies.

The vehicle park has been full for three days at the Ace Hardware store in coastal Calabash, North Carolina, where manager Tom Roberts said he sold 150 gas cans in two hours Monday, along with generators, plywood, rope, manual can openers, sand bags and a plethora of other items. Many gasoline stations were running low on fuel. Over 20 inches of rain are possible in certain areas. "What is flooding going to do to our home, our city?"

None of the 17 storms in 2017 made landfall in Canada. "Any amounts of money, whatever it takes, we're going to do it".

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