Water - not wind - is the deadliest storm hazard

Water - not wind - is the deadliest storm hazard

Water - not wind - is the deadliest storm hazard

The National Hurricane Center has downgraded Florence to a Category 2 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour expected.

And there is also a major threat from freshwater, with warnings of "catastrophic" flooding from lakes, rivers and freshwater reserves expected over parts of the Carolinas and Virginia.

Governor of South Carolina Henry McMaster has ordered the evacuation of most of the state's coastline as the storm approaches.

The U.S. Naval Forces North Command also has deployed ships off the S.C. coast for recovery and rescue efforts once the hurricane passes, said Lt. Cmdr.

Hurricane Florence will be one of the biggest storms to make landfall along the United States eastern seaboard in decades.

Florence's forward movement during the day slowed to a crawl - sometimes it was moving no faster than a human can walk - and that enabled it to pile on the rain.

As of the 7:45 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center, the storm's center made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

Mr Cooper's office said the current emergency declaration was helping state officials prepare for the storm. We are more inland from the coast.

The hurricane's storm surge - the wall of water it pushed in from the Atlantic - "overwhelmed" the town of New Bern at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said.

"There is going to be a lot of rain".

That was a bad idea, said Avair Vereen, a local nurse who had sought safety in the shelter with her seven children.

Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said.

About 800 flights in the region have been canceled ahead of the storm, CNN reported.

More than 1 million people will likely evacuate from the storm's path in the Carolinas and Virginia, according to the New York Times.

Emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Muriel Bowser, the Mayor of the nation's capital, has declared a state of emergency.

"The wind was so hard, the waters were so hard, that trying to get out we got thrown into trailers".

He said hurricane-force winds extend outward 130 km (80 miles) from the centre of the storm and tropical storm-force winds extend almost 322 km (200 miles) out.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for.

Meteorologist Erika Navarro explained how flood waters have the potential to reach a height of up to nine feet (2.7 metres) in areas not just on the coast, but inland along rivers.

Definitely the storm surge, which could be up to 11 feet in some locations. This is what storm surge looks like.

The size of a hurricane's storm surge does not factor into the category of a storm.

The worst may come as the gargantuan storm swirls past the shore and dumps days of rain on mountainous interiors, potentially creating disastrous mudslides.

The East Coast isn't the only area facing the brunt of a storm.

Torrential rains brought about significant flooding in some areas, with the rains expected to continue over Oahu through Thursday.

When will it make landfall? "Soybeans have just begun harvesting in the very far eastern part of North Carolina but have not begun anywhere else in the state". "A storm can come and wipe your house out overnight". It's forecast to gradually turn toward the northeast on Friday and then accelerate northeastward over the weekend.

Another disturbance is swirling around in the Gulf of Mexico. The NHC is encouraging officials in northeastern Mexico, Texas and Louisiana to monitor its progress.

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