Why Hurricane Florence Is So Dangerous

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"Many of the people here have never seen a storm this strong", Myers said.

Meanwhile, the projections for rain are growing, adding to growing concerns about flooding across the two states: Coastal North Carolina now expects 20 to 30 inches, with isolated areas of 40 inches projected in SC. "When a storm approaches, emergency managers at the state and local level will work with local media and use social media and other tools to notify residents of impacted zones what they should do to stay safe", reads the Arcgis website.

"The reason there are going to be more major hurricanes is not necessarily there are going to be that many more storms.it's really the fact that those storms are going to get there faster", said Kieran Bhatia, lead author of the new research in the Journal of Climate. Camille caused more than 256 deaths and is considered one of the most intense hurricane to hit the U.S. based on its pressure, which was measured at 900 millibars.

Sharp doesn't like to compare hurricanes because each one is different, but he did note that Florence is a stronger storm than Matthew, which hit the state in 2016. For the period between 2016-2035, there were more hurricanes in general and 11 per cent more hurricanes of the Category 3, 4 and 5 classes; by the end of the century, there were 20 per cent more of the worst storms.

Early Wednesday morning, Hurricane Florence was less than 600 miles away from the North Carolina coast moving quickly to the west/northwest at nearly 20 mph. "We go through a lot of these hurricane scares throughout the years", Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said. Forecasters also were tracking two other disturbances. With warmer ocean water, there's more energy available to power the hurricane, according to Nature.

"I've been doing this since 1983", Roberts said as he completed an order for another 18-wheeler full of supplies. Some areas had almost 60 inches of rain.

The city says it will get to as much trash as it can before services end later Wednesday.

"I'm telling them to go inland, but I'm anxious about the rain and tornadoes too", Roberts said.

Officials in Virginia Beach have announced that several shelters have been opened ahead of Hurricane Florence's arrival. "Normally, a landfalling tropical cyclone just keeps on going inland, gradually dissipating and raining itself out".

On North Carolina's Outer Banks, Dawn Farrow Taylor, 50, was gathering photos and important documents and filling prescriptions Monday before heading inland. And out here we're so fragile.

All three states ordered mass evacuations along the coast.

Winds along the Carolina coast will reach tropical storm-force (39 miles per hour) early Thursday morning. Coastal areas in both Carolinas have taken steps to evacuate residents and tourists, including a mandatory evacuation in SC. "We're just a strip of land - we're a barrier island", she said.

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