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Region now under hurricane, storm surge watches

Region now under hurricane, storm surge watches

"It appears a major flood event is on the way in the Middle Atlantic region", meteorologist Mike Smith said. Catastrophic floods could follow if the storm stalls inland, it said. "Some neighbors started defoliating a little bit of cotton last week, but most are waiting until after the storm passes". Its crops include corn, soy and cotton, making agriculture the state's No. 1 industry, valued at $87 billion. "I probably would have looked at digging right at about the time the storm is supposed to hit. Everybody in the area has been busy trying to get corn in and just about everyone is finished up that".

Norcross said the soggy summer will exacerbate the flooding: "And then you add to that the fact that they've had very heavy rain in the mid-Atlantic this year already, and the ground is quite saturated", he said.

"The coal-ash sites are very vulnerable to this hurricane and any other", said Frank Holleman, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center. We are back at it again.

Tall corn and tobacco crops are most vulnerable to wind damage and hard to harvest if knocked down, said Rhonda Garrison, executive director of the Corn Growers Association of North Carolina.

North and SC residents all along the eastern Atlantic coast are evacuating ahead of an intensifying Hurricane Florence.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster ordered as many as one million coastal residents to leave their homes ahead of the storm's projected arrival on Thursday.

Now a Category 4 storm, it's possible that it could strengthen even more as it moves swiftly through the Atlantic Ocean.

There's the potential that spillover from open lagoons or wash away from barns or fields could get into water used for drinking or recreation, according to the Waterkeeper Alliance, an environmental group.

States Prepare for ‘Storm of a Lifetime’ as Hurricane Florence Looms
You're going to be displaced from your home in the coastal areas. "Everyone was sold out", she said. "Where alse can we go?" Trump faced severe criticism for his administration's response to Hurricane Maria previous year in Puerto Rico.

A mother and infant in North Carolina are dead after a tree fell on their home - the first two fatalities of Hurricane Florence.

A hurricane watch is now in effect for hundreds of miles of the U.S. East Coast, from Edisto Beach in SC up north to the North Carolina-Virginia border.

"Florence is expected to begin re-strengthening later today and continue a slow strengthening trend for the next day or so", said the National Hurricane Center update. "Evacuees should verify that the facilities to which they are evacuating also are waiving requirements before arriving at those facilities".

One trusted computer model, the European simulation, predicted more than 45 inches (115 centimetres) in parts of North Carolina.

North Carolina governor Roy Cooper said his state is "in the bullseye" and urged people to "get ready now". The storm is expected to make landfall near Wilmington on Thursday with impacts starting Wednesday.

If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could bring torrential rain all the way into the Appalachian mountains and as far away as West Virginia, causing flash floods, mudslides and other risky conditions in places that do not usually get much tropical weather.

Rick Leuttich directs the University of North Carolina's Institute of Marine Science Morehead City, and is one of the principal developers of the ADCIRC coastal circulation and storm surge model.

SC governor Henry McMaster said an estimated one million people would be fleeing his state's coast, with eastbound lanes of major routes reversed to ease the exodus.


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