Hurricane Florence: Travel Begins To Snarl As Storm Closes In

Even in downgrading Florence which is expected to crash into the Carolinas late Thursday night or early Friday the National Hurricane Center predicted “life-threatening storm surge,” “catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flo

Dramatic Change In Path Projected As Cat 4 Hurricane Florence Closes In On Coast

Hurricane season is upon us again, as the sobering flurry of news about Hurricane Florence and the ensuing evacuations in the Carolinas reminds us. A monster. A once-in-a-lifetime storm. It's big and vicious. "Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other risky conditions", the hurricane center briefing said. The center of Florence will approach the coasts of North and SC later tonight, then move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and northeastern SC on Friday.

Slower movement means a hurricane has more time to inundate a region with rain and storm surge.

Panovich: Well, it's pretty interesting.

Fox News meteorologist Rick Reichmuth said "copious amounts of rainfall" are expected from Florence, and aired a weather map showing a tornado watch affecting areas from Manteo in the Outer Banks southwestward toward Burgaw, several miles inland from Wilmington. This would put us in a swath of maybe up to 4-8 inches of rain from Friday night to early Monday evening and could linger beyond that as the remnants cast off to our west. But one thing it might actually help is to reduce the overall wind speed, though we're still going to have gusty winds around here which combined with that wet soil could bring down some trees.

Marshall: When should we now expect landfall along the coast?

Olivia is the first tropical cyclone to make landfall on Maui in modern history, National Weather Service forecasters said.

After forecast models showed steering currents collapsing as the storm nears the Carolina coast Tuesday, forecasters shifted the track slightly south.

Boarding up his home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Chris Pennington watched the forecasts and tried to decide when to leave.

Carolinas coastal residents wait, watch as Florence's fury begins
Storm surge is why many of you have been placed under evacuation and we are asking citizens to please heed a warning . Usually when a storm approaches the coast, forecasters can tell with ever-increasing accuracy who will get walloped.

On Thursday, Gregory Lusk, the adjutant general of the North Carolina National Guard, said 6,400 guardsmen were on active duty between North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

With recent official reports finding that last year's Hurricane Maria claimed almost 3,000 lives in Puerto Rico-an assertion that re-emerged onto the national spotlight Thursday after President Donald Trump, without providing evidence, alleged that those estimates were artificially inflated and politically motivated-it's worth exploring what it is that ultimately kills people, including the most vulnerable, when a hurricane strikes. So we're going to have delayed impacts from this even after landfall on Friday.

Marshall: You mentioned some hefty winds here in the Charlotte area.

A hurricane can kill you in a lot of different ways.

And if that isn't enough, Subtropical Storm Joyce formed in the North Atlantic Tuesday afternoon, but it's not expected to hit the U.S. The system is expected to drift to the southwest in the coming days. But forecasters also said the opposite could happen when it brushed up against strong wind shear.

Panovich: They will be dramatically weaker.

"When you have a swine lagoon breech, it is going to have catastrophic impact on the river", Burdette said.

"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".

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