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Winds Confound Scientists’ Ability to Predict Hurricane Florence

Winds Confound Scientists’ Ability to Predict Hurricane Florence

Coastal counties Carteret, Craven and Pender are experiencing the most outages as Hurricane Florence begins to batter the coast. "It's a big one", he said at the White House.

In addition to the dangers the expected deluge of water poses, the hurricane center cautioned, "A few tornadoes are possible in eastern North Carolina beginning late Thursday morning".

The storm's eye was about 145 miles southeast of Wilmington as of 11 a.m., the briefing said.

"This is a very unsafe storm", he said.

A man runs past a mandatory evacuation sign before Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, on Wednesday.

A hurricane warning - meaning hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours - is in effect for a long stretch of the coast, from the South Santee River in SC to Duck, N.C., which is part of the Outer Banks. The orange circle indicates the current position of the center of the tropical cyclone.

The US National Hurricane Center has warned that a life-threatening storm surge along the coast of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia is likely.

The storm will slow down because of pushback from a trough - an extended area of low atmospheric pressure - now over Texas, Stacy Stewart, an NHC senior hurricane specialist, said in the update. The storm was moving west-northwest at 10 miles per hour with winds that have decreased significantly to 100 miles per hour. That leaves the "spinning wheel" at the hurricane's core stranded, "and it'll just sit there until the weather pattern changes", he said. Hurricane-force winds extended nearly 80 miles from the center, and Florence was poised to bring havoc well before making landfall. And if local officials recommend evacuation, evacuate immediately.

"They try to stay open as long as they can", Kourounis said. "This is a life-and-death situation".

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Officials in several states have declared states of emergency, including in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms. In South Carolina, close to the Georgia line, Beaufort County emergency chief Neil Baxley told residents they need to prepare again for the worst just in case.

As Florence nears the east coast, meteorologists are focused on two key factors: ocean temperatures and wind sheer (the difference in speeds at the upper and lower parts of the storm).

"The storm surge. This is the most unsafe part of the storm", said NBC News forecaster Al Roker, "Do not pay attention to the category". It's the U.S.'s biggest tobacco producer - accounting for 60 percent of exports - and it raises roughly 10 percent of the country's hogs, chickens and turkeys.

"Bad things can happen when you're talking about a storm this size", Trump said Wednesday morning.

USA television networks said 7pm to 7am curfews had been put in place in several towns surrounding Myrtle Beach.

Energy companies have also warned that the storm could knock out power for the foreseeable future in some areas. So we could have two landfalls - one around Wilmington and then one near Myrtle Beach or even south of there.

"I'm not going to lie: I'm scared", she said.

The full impact of storm surge on the coast will depend on whether the storm's arrival coincides with high tide.

The community of Avon on North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier islands reported wind gusts of 74 miles per hour (119 km per hour), while Morehead City on the mainland coast had received 3.6 inches (9.1 cm) of rain in the past 13 hours, according to the National Weather Service.


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