‘Phenomenal’ 83-foot wave detected in Hurricane Florence

Clark Diaz
September 13, 2018

Florence is expected to make landfall late Thursday night or early Friday morning, Mountain Time, somewhere between Atlantic Beach, NC and Savannah, GA. "We'll handle it. We're ready, we're able". Forecasters worry the storm's damage will be worse if it lingers on the coast.

Florence is forecast to dump up to three feet (almost a meter) of rain in some areas after it makes landfall in North and SC.

Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind, and he said it will still be an extremely unsafe storm for rain and storm surge.

"This is not going to be a glancing blow", said Jeff Byard, an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Myrtle Beach's Ocean Boulevard was practically empty at midday on Wednesday, September 12, as the SC town prepared for the arrival of Hurricane Florence.

North Carolina resident Roberto Guzman carries belongings from his mobile home as he leaves Wilmington a day before the storm is due to strike.

Tropical storm force winds are thought to be just hours away from making landfall in North Carolina.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, concerned the storm would bring its devastation south, issued an emergency declaration for all 159 counties in his state.

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The hurricane centre is forecasting the storm to hover near the coast Saturday with winds of around 130 km/h before landfall, but with rainfall in the 50 to 75 centimetre range and almost four metres of storm surge. "Even though it's down in South and North Carolina, it is a big storm and the track is ever-changing".

In a videotaped message from the White House, President Donald Trump said the government is fully prepared for Florence but urged people to "get out of its way".

The eastbound lanes of several major highways have been shut to allow traffic to flow inland, but the exodus was slow along roads jammed with outward-bound vehicles.

Groups of courageous storm troopers could be seen enjoying the many empty beaches across SC.

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DOT officials said contractors are on standby to respond to storm-related tasks and have staged equipment in different areas to have supplies available when cleanup and recovery begins. "This is not going to be a storm that we recover from in days". Amazon says it provided assistance to millions of people in 2017 who were impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, as well as floods in India and earthquakes in Mexico. "Protection of life is the absolute highest priority and that's what we are doing". Thousands of Marines and their families evacuated from Camp Lejeune, leaving the rest to dig in ahead of what could be a direct hit.

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