Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Florence forecast to be major hurricane when strikes U.S. coast

Florence forecast to be major hurricane when strikes U.S. coast

Dealers are parking cars in service bays for refuge.

The country's No. 2 power company said Wednesday that it's anticipating 1 million to 3 million homes and businesses could lose power for lengthy periods, depending on the storm's track.

Florence, for her part, shares similarities with Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall in Houston on August 25 of 2017 as a Category 4 hurricane and dumped record-setting amounts of rain. Industries like tourism and agriculture will likely suffer, and the losses won't be easily or quickly overcome.

As of 9 p.m. EST, North Carolina Emergency Management reported that 102,308 customers were without power - even before Florence made landfall.

If the European model is true or the overall trend persists, University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy said it "is exceptionally bad news, as it smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge".

There were no immediate reports of storm-related deaths or serious injuries but more than 60 people, as well as many children and pets, had to be evacuated from a hotel in Jacksonville, North Carolina, after strong winds caused parts of the roof to collapse, local officials said.

Florence has it all: Hot ocean temperatures that fuel hurricanes. North Myrtle Beach was almost empty Thursday as the first bands of heavy rain from Hurricane Florence approached. "Now it might be time for the exam", he said. Gen. Robert Livingston, adjutant general for SC, said in a statement.

'This Thing's Going to Explode': Hurricane Florence Packing Devastation and Catastrophic Flooding
Freight haulers need to be prepared for many washed out roadways and damage to rail infrastructure across this multi-state area. It is feared Florence could hit the Carolinas harder than any hurricane since Hurricane Hazel packed 209km/h winds in 1954.

The numbers are expected to soar as the storm's winds and torrential rains sweep over more land. The Outer Banks of North Carolina took the initial brunt Thursday afternoon, with parts of Highway 12 - the main road that runs through Ocracoke and Hatteras islands - flooding and becoming impassable.

Follow our live updates page for the latest on the storm. That's about half the amount Hurricane Harvey - the largest rainfall event in USA history - dropped on the greater Houston area past year. "The rainfall has been and continues to be a very substantial threat over the entire area". But rail cars with vehicles bound for Charleston and export markets overseas have been moved to secure areas until the storm passes.

"Rail cars with vehicles destined for export from Charleston have been diverted to secure holding areas until the storm passes", BMW spokesman Kenn Sparks said.

After appearing headed toward the North Carolina-Virginia border at one point, Florence shifted south and is now taking aim at the Carolinas.

Analysts at Cox Automotive predicted that Florence won't destroy as many cars as Hurricane Harvey did in the car-dependent Houston area.

"We'll probably move some of our bigger trucks in front of the building to try to stop some of the debris", said Terrell Small, the new-car sales manager.

Reacting to the possibility of a more southerly track, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared an emergency but did not immediately order any evacuations. Tropical storm watches extend as far north as Norfolk, Virginia. Favorable wind patterns. Higher sea levels that exacerbate storm surge.

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