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

Hurricane Florence weakens to Category 2, still thought unsafe

Hurricane Florence weakens to Category 2, still thought unsafe

But authorities warned it will still be an extremely unsafe hurricane between the winds and rains that have been predicted to dump as much as 40 inches.

Hurricane Florence's path could affect the homes of more than 5 million people, and more than 1 million of them have been ordered to evacuate.

In Carolina Beach, authorities at 8 p.m. stopped allowing traffic to the island via the only bridge between the island and the mainland. Florence has weakened a bit over 24 hours, but it's also grown even larger - and it will likely dump torrential rain over North and SC through Monday. The town is less than 5 feet above sea level and officials worry that as many as 1,000 of the town's 6,300 residents are planning to stay. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal followed suit on Wednesday.

"When it comes to this kind of storms, I ain't gonna lie", she said. Storm surge of 13 feet on top of a high tide at 7 feet could overwhelm Carolina Beach. "Flooding is nearly guaranteed".

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The outer bands of wind and rain from Hurricane Florence began lashing North Carolina on Thursday as the monster storm moved in for an extended stay along the Southeastern coast, promising to drench the properties of 10 million people with huge amounts of water.

Hurricane Florence's heavy rains and tropical storm-force winds reached North Carolina's Outer Banks on Thursday morning, leading the way for a storm packing 105-mph winds. Tornadoes are possible Thursday in eastern North Carolina.

The waves will meet resistance as Florence approaches landfall, but storm surges up to 13 feet are expected in some areas of North Carolina, according to the weather service.

"It's cumulative damage", Myers said. It has slowed down — and will continue to do so — moving to the northwest at 12 miles per hour.

The center of Florence will approach the coast of the Carolinas in the hurricane warning area on Thursday and Friday and will move slowly near the coastline through Saturday. It's now predicted to make landfall near Wilmington and then head west across SC.

As the storm slogs its rainy way westward, there is the potential for catastrophic inland flooding that could swamp homes, businesses and farm fields from SC north to Virginia. Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind does. "The ocean is going to start rising", he said, warning that flooding would occur "within a matter of hours".

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Spokesman Howard Fowler said restoration could take "weeks instead of days", even though 20,000 workers, including crews from outside the area, were standing by.

In Wilmington, Richard King, 64, said Wednesday that he, his wife and perhaps 60 of their neighbors planned to stay.

He added: "To be honest with you, I am not particularly hopeful that we will find something to knock a little bit of the strength out of Florence". "Your time is running out".

Ferry service from North Carolina's Bald Head Island already has stopped. "Now it might be time for the exam", Baxley said.

"When that last ferry pulls out.it's unnerving to see it pull away and know, 'That's the last chance I have of getting off this island, '" she said Wednesday.

There was also concern over crops.

Sweet potato and peanut crops, along with cotton, are still in the fields and at risk. "This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast".

About 300,000 people have been evacuated from South Carolina, McMaster said.

Private meteorologist Ryan Maue of Weathermodels.com in an email called the overnight European computer simulation "another model run for the ages". The storm was about 435 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina and 470 miles east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Florence's expanse has even captured the attention of the astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station, who have been tweeting pictures of the storm back to Earth.

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