Publicado: Sáb, Setiembre 15, 2018
Ciencia | Por Aurelio Ontiveros

Hurricane Florence: Four reasons to fear this storm

Hurricane Florence: Four reasons to fear this storm

Russ Lewis covers his eyes from a gust of wind and a blast of sand as Hurricane Florence approaches Myrtle Beach, S.C., on September 14, 2018.

Firefighters working to combat the fallout from Hurricane Florence.

Rescue workers and volunteers help a woman and her dog leave their flooded home during Hurricane Florence Friday in James City, N.C., near New Bern.

During the week of landfall (which in Florence's case began early Friday morning on the North Carolina coast), inflows to the accounts dropped by over 20 percent, or approximately $400 on average. Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles, the hurricane center said.

The storm surge is going to be potentially life-threatening for some areas along the USA coastline.

Hurricane Florence rolled ashore in North Carolina with howling 90 miles per hour winds and terrifying storm surge early Friday, trapping hundreds of people in high water as it settled in for what could be a long and extraordinarily destructive drenching.

It had sustained winds of 90 miles per hour and was moving in a northwest direction.

To prepare for this storm, businesses have been boarding up, and supplies have been readied for what is expected to be a large-scale relief operation.

This image provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018.

Definitely the storm surge, which could be up to 11 feet in some locations. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches (10 centimetres) of water, he calculated. But the National Hurricane Center warned people of the hurricane's strong winds and its "life-threatening storm surge and rainfall" in an update Thursday evening.

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This landfall has been a long time coming: The hurricane arrived more than two weeks after the National Hurricane Center issued its first advisory for the storm. "Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over short distances".

Florence's forward movement during the day slowed to a crawl - sometimes it was moving no faster than a human can walk - and that enabled it to pile on the rain.

Torrential rains brought about significant flooding in some areas, with the rains expected to continue over Oahu through Thursday.

Why is it getting bigger?

On Friday, coastal streets in the Carolinas flowed with frothy ocean water, and pieces of torn-apart buildings flew through the air.

Some predictions are calling for Florence to dump as much as 10 trillion gallons of rain on the region. Floodwaters submerged U.S. Highway 264, cutting off a major route to other flood-prone areas along the river and the adjacent Pamlico Sound.

Forecasts call for the eye to hit land sometime Friday near the Carolinas border.

Forecasters said that given the storm's size and slow track, it could cause epic damage similar to what the Houston area saw during Hurricane Harvey just over a year ago.

More than 60 people had to be pulled from a collapsing cinderblock motel.

More than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate over the past few days, and the homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.

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