Wednesday, 12 September 2018

US east coast bracing for more than 40 inches of rain as Hurricane Florence barrels nearer to land



The US east coast is bracing for more than 40 inches of rain as Hurricane Florence barrels nearer to land.
 
About 1.7 million people across the three states affected - North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia - have been told to leave their homes ahead of the storm's arrival.


Speaking about the Wilmington area and its surrounding beaches in North Carolina, a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) official said the inland flooding threat was "extreme".


Some 38cm (15in) to 64cm (25in) of rain is forecast in some areas - with up to one metre (40in) at the centre of the storm.


Speaking at a news conference, the official said the hurricane was expected to spread out into the Central Appalachian mountains, the Tennessee Valley, and southeastern parts of the US after Saturday.


He warned people in surrounding areas to "remain vigilant" and expect flash floods at the start of next week.


Another FEMA spokesman said: "I need to re-emphasise this is a dangerous storm. We ask you to heed the warnings - today is the day."


The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Florence had racked up winds of 130mph and is on a trajectory which suggests its centre is most likely to hit the south coast of North Carolina by Friday.


It said the hurricane was about 520 miles (820km) southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on Wednesday.


The lingering storm could bring days of heavy rains, which could spark intense floods from South Carolina to Virginia.




SKY     News.