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These 4 reasons make Hurricane Florence extremely risky

These 4 reasons make Hurricane Florence extremely risky

Trump tweeted, adding: "WE are here for you".

South Carolina's governor ordered the state's entire coastline to be evacuated starting at noon Tuesday, and predicted that a million people would flee.

For many people, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge. The infamous "Hurricane of 1900", which came ashore in Galveston, Texas, before storms were named, still holds that record, having taken between 8,000 and 12,000 lives.

Some experts claim the story could become a Category 5 Hurricane before it makes landfall this week, with winds speeds of 157mph or greater.

As powerful Hurricane Florence crept closer to the southeastern United States on Tuesday, farmers in North Carolina rushed to harvest corn and tobacco and stock up on pig rations, while the danger of deadly flooding threatened a state where millions of farm animals are housed. "It's going to be really, really bad along the coast". "It's one of those situations where you're going to get heavy rain, catastrophic, life-threatening storm surge, and also the winds".

The coastal surge from Florence could leave the eastern tip of North Carolina under more than 9 feet (2.75 metres) of water in spots, projections showed. Sustained winds were 130 miles per hour (215 kph) Tuesday morning, but it remains a Category 4 storm and is expected to intensify to near Category 5 status as it slows over very warm coastal waters.

Fierce winds and massive waves are expected to lash the coasts of North and SC and Virginia even before Florence makes landfall on Friday, and its rains will take a heavy toll for kilometres inland, the National Hurricane Center in Miami warned on Tuesday.




East Carolina, meanwhile, decided not to travel to Blacksburg, Virginia, for Saturday's game, citing imminent safety concerns before, during and after the storm. 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.

The center is predicting "tropical force winds" - in the 39 to 73 mph range - would reach the coast by late Wednesday and move inland within 24 hours. "So, that high pressure is now driving Florence toward the East Coast", he said.

But no matter where the monster storm ultimately crosses the southern East Coast of the US, Florence's high winds and heavy rains will hit communities for miles north, south - and even west.

Two-thirds of North Carolina's farm income comes from poultry and livestock, including hogs and dairy cattle, according to Wooten. "If you are given an evacuation order, please comply immediately before roads get clogged and chaos commences". "This is the craziest one". Miles of traffic slowed to a crawl along the main highway along North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier islands. She grew up on the island chain, and says this will be only the second time she has evacuated.

"I'm scared we'll get 30 inches or more of rain", said Carol Trojniar, 69, a longtime Wilmington resident and retired real estate agent who has never experienced a Category 4 hurricane. And out here we're so fragile.

Cooper said local governments are typically responsible for issuing evacuation orders in North Carolina, and some localities have already issued orders to evacuate.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper on September 10 urged North Carolina residents, businesses and visitors not to delay preparations and to follow evacuation orders.


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