Publicado: Vie, Setiembre 14, 2018
Ciencia | Por Aurelio Ontiveros

Hurricane Florence to near Carolinas coast later Thursday

Hurricane Florence to near Carolinas coast later Thursday

U.S. Southeast power companies said more than 19,000 homes and businesses in North Carolina, Virginia and SC were without on Thursday power as Hurricane Florence approaches the coast. Storm winds could intensify through the day and tonight, but weaken slightly Thursday as it nears the coast.

Florence's winds had dropped from a peak of 140 miles per hour to 105 miles per hour by Thursday, reducing the hurricane from a terrifying Category 4 to a 2.

As of 10am Thursday (local time), Florence's top winds were 177km/h, and it was marching northwest at16km/h, about 257km east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and 329km east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Hurricane-force winds now extend up to 80 miles from the eye of the storm, and tropical-storm-force winds now extend up to 195 miles from the center of the storm.

The Carolinas and Virginia are preparing for the onslaught of Hurricane Florence later this week and one of the most life-threatening elements of the storm is the amount of rainfall predicted to hit the area, reports Vox.

Areas along the coast from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, NC, including the Neuse, Pamlico, Pungo and Bay rivers may experience storm surges from 9 to 13 feet.

The result: catastrophic inland flooding that could swamp homes, businesses, farm fields and industrial sites.

About 5.25 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches, and 4.9 million in places covered by tropical storm warnings or watches, the National Weather Service said. The storm surge could rise up to 13 feet - that's water inundating homes up to the first-floor ceiling, the National Hurricane Center said.

Just as Hurricane Florence closes in on the Southeast, the area covered by hurricane-force winds has doubled - meaning far more people will get blasted with winds 74 miles per hour or greater. Hopefully, the forecast will stay as it is right now and we'll continue to play the game. "It's a big one", he said at the White House.

Cooper and his SC counterpart, Henry McMaster, told the more than 1 million people who have been told to leave that if they don't, they are on their own.

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At least 800 flights have been cancelled or grounded due to the storm's expected landfall, CNN reported.

People across the region rushed to buy bottled water and other supplies, board up their homes, pull their boats out of the water and get out of town. The two hardware chains said they sent in a total of around 1100 trucks. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, which oversees the program, requires most homeowners with mortgages living in flood-prone areas to buy coverage.

Duke Energy Corp expected between 25 percent and 75 percent of its 4 million customers would lose power in the Carolinas. Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said.

"You put your life at risk by staying", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said. "This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast".

The governor added that a million or more people could be evacuated before the storm makes landfall.

"If you're going to leave. you should leave now because time is running out", McMaster said on Thursday.

At the time of writing, over 116,000 people were watching the storm approach the tower, which "is a privately owned surplus Coast Guard Light Station", that also doubles as a "unique adventure bed & breakfast" when the weather is more appropriate.

Hurricane Florence in the Atlantic Ocean as it threatens the US East Coast.

Similar declarations were made earlier in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Unsure of what they might find when they return home, the couple went shopping for a recreational vehicle.

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