Now is the time to prepare for Hurricane Florence

Pablo Tucker
September 12, 2018

State and local officials have plenty of experience preparing and responding to severe weather events like hurricanes, and McMaster says that "Team South Carolina is on the job".

If Florence hits as predicted, the communities along the waterways and on the coast around Wilmington could see a storm surge of 9 feet or more above ground level, according to federal storm surge estimates.

A timetable of tropical storm-force winds arriving across the southeast.

Either way, rain is expected across the United Kingdom during the coming week.

Thankfully if they do, it's highly unlikely that the winds will be hurricane strength. "Pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit SC". If you are taking advantage of this late summer treat, remember rip currents and large swells will make it to our southern coastline. "The term mandatory evacuation rings hollow because there's no good way to actually enforce it but if you call it something else people are not going to follow". SC ordered an estimated 1 million people to evacuate its coast.

The hurricane is gaining pace as it heads for the Carolinas, where 1.7million people have been told to evacuate.

Drawing energy from the warm water, the now Category 2 storm could be a fearsome Category 4 with winds of 130 miles per hour or more by Tuesday. Salna predicts it could rise as high as 15 feet.

Florence continued its west-northwest crawl toward the southeastern US coast, packing maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour. The weakening of the winds doesn't mean this isn't going to be a bad storm, though. Massive waves from the hurricane will make the rush of water even more unsafe and damaging, the National Hurricane Center warned.

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

That's not all from Holthaus: "As much as 48 inches of rain could fall", he tweeted. He told The Chronicle Sunday that once Florence hits land, destructive winds and enormous rainfall flooding may take hold of the area.

A search-and-rescue team is being deployed by FEMA from Montgomery County in Maryland to help in SC as the area braces for Hurricane Florence.

Oosterwyk was gathering important papers including tax documents from her store on Monday, and said she planned to drive 240km (150 miles) inland to Cary to ride the storm out.

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