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

UCF game off for Saturday due to Hurricane Florence

UCF game off for Saturday due to Hurricane Florence

The National Hurricane Center is warning of a potentially deadly landfall for the massive storm, which has resulted in evacuation orders for more than 1.5 million people along the East Coast.

This satellite image offers a sobering look at the category 4 storm as it barrels toward the Carolina coast, with Myrtle Beach and Wilmington expected to take a direct hit from the storm.

Its centre will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday, the National Hurricane Centre said.

The life-threatening storm is now located about 905 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and is moving at a speed of 16 mph. A hurricane watch is in effect for the North and SC coast.

Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall in the Tar Heel State on Friday. He also canceled campaign events Thursday and Friday in anticipation of the storm. He noted that Dominion Energy Inc's Surry plant in Virginia could also be affected if Florence turns north.

The forecasts for devastating rain and winds also had WH Group's Smithfield Foods, the largest US pork processor, planning to shut two of its North Carolina plants - including the world's biggest hog slaughterhouse.

"All the rainfall we're going to have, plus you talk about the wind - that means a lot of trees coming down, it's a lot of power outages, a lot of impacts with this system", Graham said.

Category 4 hurricane winds are in the 130 to 156 miles per hour range, according to the National Hurricane Center. There's a lot of interactions going on between the storm and the environment, and I think that's what makes it a hard problem, but an important one to study.

Florence "will bring extreme wind damage and surge damage, " said Jeff Masters, co-founder of Weather Underground in Ann Arbor, Michigan. However, tropical storm force winds of 40 miles per hour could develop as early as Thursday morning.

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Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday night.

"From eight o'clock 'til two we were slammed", said Johnson, who sold scores of bags of sand over the weekend, saving just a few to barricade the store's own doors.

Florence is expected to bring catastrophic flooding and may dump as much as 40 inches of rain in North Carolina alone. No evacuations have been ordered for year-round residents there or on the mainland, the county said.

The game between North Carolina Central and South Carolina State set for Saturday has been postponed until November 24.

President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC, facilitating federal help, and cancelled campaign events Thursday and Friday, citing the storm.

As he issued a mandatory evacuation order for the coastal region Monday afternoon, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster didn't mince words.

Monday night President Trump tweeted about the storm, asking those along the coast to be careful and promising the support of the federal government.

According to the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, the first responders will be joined by a swift water rescue and urban search and rescue teams. Farmers will be using the next several days to prepare for the storm, he said. Officials said that motorists can expect a "brief, but possibly dramatic" spike in prices.

"It's still going to be a major hurricane when it arrives along the Eastern Seaboard of the southern U.S.at the end of the week", said Ian Hubbard, a meteorologist with the Canadian Hurricane Centre in Halifax.

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