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The North and South Carolina coasts are on high alert as residents brace for Hurricane Florence’s brutal lashing, reported New York Post (US).
Hurricane and storm watches were issued for the entire coast of North Carolina on Tuesday morning and for parts of the South Carolina coast including Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Wilmington.
These alerts are usually issued about 48 hours before storms are set to touch down, when the arrival of tropical force winds would make any last-minute preparation difficult.
The alerts also mean dangerous storm surges are likely along the coast and heavy, sustained rains could cause life-threatening flooding inland, the National Hurricane Center warned.
“This is going to produce heavy rainfall, and it may not move very fast. The threat will be inland, so I’m afraid, based on my experience at FEMA, that the public probably not as prepared as everybody would like,” said Craig Fugate, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
As of Tuesday morning, Florence was about 900 miles east of Cape Fear, NC, heading west.
The Category 4 weakened slightly to 130 mph in the morning but was expected to reintensify later Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Florence could be only the second Category 4 storm to pummel the Carolinas since 1800, when record-keeping began.
Both of the Carolinas and Virginia ordered mandatory evacuations for some of their residents starting at noon Tuesday and over a million people are expected to flee.
The center of the storm is expected to move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and will approach the Carolinas by Thursday.
National Hurricane Center director Ken Graham warned that Florence is expected to linger once onshore, downing trees, knocking out electricity and causing widespread flooding.
Half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal ash and numerous hog farms are in the storm’s path.
show source https://nypost.com/2018/09/11/carolinas-brace-for-the-worst-as-monstrous-hurricane-florence-nears/