5 photos of Hurricane Florence

13 September, 2018, 16:46 | Author: Sidney Guerrero
  • South Carolina Highway Patrol cars escorting a line of vehicles as residents prepare ahead of Hurricane Florence's descent on Sept 11 2018. To speed evacuations officials in South Carolina reversed the flow of traffic on some highways so that all

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand.

Forecasters say wind speeds have dropped from a high of 140 miles per hour (225 kph) to 110 miles per hour (175 kph), reducing it to a Category 2 storm.

Florence was located about 325 miles (520 km) east-southeast of Myrtle beach, South Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour (175 km per hour), the Miami, Florida-based weather forecaster said.

"Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion", the Center noted on Twitter.

About 1.7 million residents have been urged to flee from parts of North and SC.

Some forecasters have predicted it could be the most powerful storm ever to hit the region.

Scientists hypothesize that a warmer world will bring slower storms, so what we saw last year with Harvey - and now this year with Florence - could be a sign of those changes.

Forecast models predict Florence's center may slow to a crawl just off North Carolina early Friday and make a southwesterly turn - punishing the coast while moving perhaps only 2 to 3 miles per hour. Now, there are signs that Hurricane Florence could deliver a similar blow to the East Coast beginning on Thursday, making it even more important to evacuate before the storm arrives.

But the hurricane center said it is "still forecast to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane when it nears the US coast late Thursday and Friday".

The coastal surge from Florence could leave the eastern tip of North Carolina under more than 9 feet of water in spots, projections showed.

Officials in SC said they were unnerved to learn that the projected path of the hurricane had veered south. Gov. Henry McMaster said Wednesday that 300,000 people in the state had evacuated. The aircraft are four-engine turboprops, created to not only survive in storms but also study them.

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But despite the potentially devastating hurricane, forecast to make landfall on Friday with 130mph winds, people tried to offer some "relief" in the silence before the storm.

Ferry service from North Carolina's Bald Head Island already has stopped.

"I'm staying. The building's solid and Buddha will protect us", she told AFP news agency.

Nathan Deal issued an emergency declaration for the entire state to ease regulations on trucks hauling gasoline and relief supplies.

"He was thinking of coming here until this morning, and now he asked me if I wanted to come up there", he said.

Typically, local governments in North Carolina make the call on evacuations.

In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate including from the Eastern Shore, another popular beachfront destination.

By 8pm Thursday evening, the storm will veer off in a southwesterly direction away from Virginia and into SC.

It was estimated that Harvey dropped the equivalent of 19 to 21 trillion gallons of water in the greater Houston area, or, as The Washington Post reported a year ago, enough water to fill Utah's Great Salt Lake four times.

Subtropical storm Joyce formed in the Atlantic on Wednesday but is not expected to threaten land.

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