Airlines Preparing for Impact of Hurricane Florence

12 September, 2018, 04:44 | Author: Jacqueline Daniels
  • The order which helps mobilize resources to prepare for the storm directs state agencies to work closely with localities to identify any needs in advance of its possible arrival

"Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday", the NHC said in a bulletin.

WILMINGTON - Hurricane Florence's track takes dead aim at the Wilmington region, with landfall expected early Friday, according to an advisory posted by the National Hurricane Center Monday morning.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency as well as mandatory evacuation orders along the eastern coastline.

Forecasters say the hurricane's strength is expected to fluctuate but it still will be a unsafe storm by the time it reaches the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday.

Residents of North Carolina's low-lying barrier islands say they have already felt the impacts of Hurricane Florence.

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Flight tracking site FlightAware.com had seen few storm-related cancellations as of Tuesday, according to spokeswoman Sara Orsi. Hurricanes need the warm waters of the ocean to survive, and as soon as they go over land, they lose that sustaining energy.

"The federal government stands ready to assist", she said.

Hurricane and storm surge watches have been issued from Edisto Beach, South Carolina to the North Carolina-Virgina border. Florence was a Category 4 storm late afternoon Monday.

It said that this motion is expected to continue for the next few days.

Millions of Americans are bracing for Hurricane Florence as the Category 4 storm barrels toward the East Coast.

At 11 p.m., the center of the storm was located about 535 miles west of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands.

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The United States was hit with a series of high-powered hurricanes past year, including Hurricane Maria, which killed some 3,000 people in Puerto Rico, and Hurricane Harvey, which killed about 68 people and caused an estimated $1.25 billion in damage with catastrophic flooding in Houston.

It said that a hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area and Prime Minister Skerrit reminded citizens that Hurricane Maria had increased its intensity "in a matter of hours from a Category 3 to Category 5 storm when it lashed the island on September 18 past year, killing several people and causing hundreds of dollars in losses".

N.H.C. said Isaac is a small hurricane.

"This one really scares me", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said. Tropical storm force winds extend 150 miles from the center. Behind Isaac, Hurricane Helene is picking up strength, with twist paces of more than 105 miles per hour as of Monday afternoon. The latest Category 4 to hit the Carolinas was Hurricane Hazel in 1954. Maximum sustained winds for Isaac are near 70 miles per hour. Water, not the wind, will probably be the biggest threat. The NHC expects Isaac to weaken as it approaches the Caribbean.

Florence could bring a deadly coastal storm surge, and inland flooding as far north as Virginia, the NHC said. Gradual weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, but Olivia is expected to remain a tropical storm as it moves over the islands.

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