'It Wants to Get Stronger': NOAA Hurricane Hunter Flies into Florence

13 September, 2018, 13:47 | Author: Courtney Reynolds
  • Amazon again puts disaster relief efforts in motion as Hurricane Florence set to punish Carolina coast

Early Thursday Florence was about 235 miles (378 kilometers) east southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina and about 280 miles (450 kilometers) east southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. More to come on this part of the forecast.

"We are uniquely positioned to establish a quick ad-hoc supply chain to support relief efforts", said Bettina Stix, an Amazon veteran credited with developing DRbA. Winds from the east have been causing coastal flooding this week along the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, with high tides as much as 2 feet above normal in Anne Arundel, Calvert and St. Mary's counties.

Amid all the warnings of fierce winds, a huge storm surge and massive power outages, forecasters have also spotted something else unusual about Hurricane Florence: a giant wave.

On another barrier island just below the Bogue Banks, Steve Harrigan reported live from North Topsail Beach, where visitors and residents were largely heeding warnings from Gov. Roy Cooper (D-N.C.) to evacuate.

Residents in coastal areas should follow evacuation orders from local officials because of the potential for life-threatening storm surge flooding. The entire coastlines of North and SC, in addition to some parts of southeastern Virginia, are under a mandatory evacuation plan.

Florence's nighttime winds were down to 115 miles per hour (185 kph) from a high of 140 miles per hour (225 kph), and the Category 4 storm fell to a Category 3, with a further slow weakening expected as the storm nears the coast.

"Now is the time to shelter from life-threatening wind", the agency added.

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Deal's declaration Wednesday covers comes as the National Weather Service's storm forecast shows a chance that Florence's track might turn toward the southwest as it approaches the Carolinas later this week.

In Wilmington, Solange Iliou Thompson closed down her restaurant, Indochine, because all of her employees had left the city.

"What can you do?" she asked. "I want to get them as far away as possible". "If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't have minded staying here".

Airlines have begun to cancel flights at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in advance of Hurricane Florence. It could stall just off the coast and then drift south along the SC coast and possibly make a landfall as a weaker system if it doesn't make it clearly over the coast of North Carolina.

More than one million people have been ordered to evacuate the coastlines of the Carolinas and Virginia.

Helene was weakening, however, and posed no danger to land, the NHC said, while Isaac could bring heavy rain to Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe.

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