Trump declares administration ‘completely ready’ for Hurricane Florence

13 September, 2018, 16:47 | Author: Courtney Reynolds
  • A mandatory evacuation is in effect in preparation of the approaching Hurricane Florence

A sign shows a warning before the approaching Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, North Carolina on Sept 12, 2018.

"A NOAA buoy located about 80 miles (130 km) south of the center of Florence has recently reported sustained winds of 52 km (83 km/h) with a gust to 64 mph (104 km/h)". The storm is forecast to approach the coasts of the Carolinas later today, before moving near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and eastern South Carolina in the "hurricane warning" area; now, that area includes South Santee River, South Carolina, to Duck, North Carolina as well as Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds. Officials didn't reveal exactly which institutions would be evacuated due to security concerns, but said evacuated prisoners would get a free phone call to notify loved ones.

Florence could stall before that and may even move in a southerly direction before reaching the coast, possibly restrengthening to Category 4. While some areas of GA may indeed experience impacts now, the remnants of Florence would most likely be a weak tropical depression or remnant low by the time it got this far South.

The last time the USA capital declared a state of emergency was in January 2016 when a winter storm dubbed "Snowzilla" blanketed the capital region in knee-deep snow.

Expected to make landfall by Friday, the impact of the storm will be widespread, with destructive winds, life-threatening storm surge, unsafe surf, torrential rainfall, flooding and the potential for tornadoes. In South Carolina, Beaufort County Emergency Management Division Commander Neil Baxley told residents they need to prepare again for the worst just in case.

"The size of it now - the cloud field - would encompass all of North and SC", the meteorologist said.

The National Weather Service says more than 5.4 million people live in areas now under hurricane warnings or watches on the US East Coast.

One trusted computer model, the European simulation, predicted more than 115 cm in parts of North Carolina. All that said, a saturated ground, even with tropical storm-force winds, will uproot trees.

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

North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said crops such as tobacco and corn are in midharvest while sweet potatoes, peanuts, soybeans and cotton are still in the field.

Evacuating institutionalized people ahead of a storm is always a challenge, but failing to do so can prove deadly.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, concerned the storm would bring devastation south, issued an emergency declaration for all 159 counties in his state.

Emergency preparations in the region included activating over 2,700 National Guard troops, stockpiling food, setting up shelters, switching traffic patterns so major roads led away from shore, and securing 16 nuclear power reactors in the Carolinas and Virginia.

Those intending to leave face a race against the clock to flee the island town just east of the port city Wilmington, as drawbridge access to it will be raised Wednesday evening.

Florence was downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane early Wednesday afternoon, but it is expected to be a Category 4 storm again by Thursday morning.

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