USA beach town braces for powerful Hurricane Florence

Posted September 14, 2018

The latest forecast advisories show the 130 miles per hour storm making landfall early Friday in the Carolinas as a major hurricane but then taking a turn toward the southwest.

The last Category 4 hurricane to plough into North Carolina was Hazel in 1952, a devastating storm that killed 19 people and destroyed some 15,000 homes.

The Lowcountry coast area, as well as southeast Georgia, has increasing chances of seeing significant flooding and damaging winds from the storm.

While one man concluded: 'We are about to get pounded, but since we have absolutely no control over it, all you can do is laugh, and pray for the best'.

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland were trying to time their evacuation from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand. Florence has triggered more than 1 million evacuations and expectations of as much as US$27 billion (S$37 billion) in damages.

More than 1.5 million people living on the US East Coast have been ordered to leave their homes as Hurricane Florence heads towards them.

One trusted computer model, the European simulation, predicted more than 45 inches (115 centimeters) in parts of North Carolina. North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said crops such as tobacco and corn are in midharvest while sweet potatoes, peanuts, soybeans and cotton are still in the field. But despite that, bad things can happen when you're talking about a storm this size. Tropical Storm Isaac was east of the Lesser Antilles and expected to pass south of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Cuba, while Hurricane Helene was moving northward away from land.

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"This rainfall would produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding", the hurricane center says.

"Storm surge has the highest potential to kill the most amount of people", FEMA Administrator Brock Long said. "If this blows at 120 mph for four hours, . you lose a shingle every two minutes, and all of the sudden, you've lost your whole roof after four hours", CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said.

"Our sand dunes are healthy but they're not going to be able to keep back a wall of water like that", he said.

Storm surge is basically a wall of water that could swallow parts of the coast.

President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid. Cars and trucks full of people and belongings streamed inland. People getting a little more than moist over it'.

"The biggest thing is you're always anxious about yourself and friends and family - and whether they'll have a place to come back to", he said.

"Warming oceans, a more rapidly warming arctic, melting ice sheets are all contributing in various way to conditions like what we're observing now", Francis said.

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