'Harvey of the East Coast:' Florence's worst impact could be catastrophic flooding

'Harvey of the East Coast:' Florence's worst impact could be catastrophic flooding

'Harvey of the East Coast:' Florence's worst impact could be catastrophic flooding

After Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey forced college football, cancelations and time changes previous year, Hurricane Florence is scheduled to hit the east coast on Thursday night or Friday morning, likely walloping North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and the surrounding states with winds of at least 140 miles per hour and up to 20 inches of rain.

This satellite image offers a sobering look at the category 4 storm as it barrels toward the Carolina coast, with Myrtle Beach and Wilmington expected to take a direct hit from the storm.

The forecasts for devastating rain and winds also had WH Group's Smithfield Foods, the largest USA pork processor, planning to shut two of its North Carolina plants - including the world's biggest hog slaughterhouse. That Category 4 storm destroyed 15,000 buildings and 19 people in North Carolina.

It's unclear when the UCF-North Carolina and West Virginia-North Carolina State games could be rescheduled after Hurricane Florence, if at all.

Maps of Florence's trajectory showed the centre of the storm most likely to strike the southern coast of North Carolina. Tropical storm-force winds could arrive as early as Wednesday night. More than one million people living along the Carolina-Virginia coast are under mandatory evacuation orders.

And an unusual combination of other weather systems that are likely to stall Florence when it hits the Carolinas, allowing it to sit for days and dump huge amounts of rain.

"Let me tell you, this one really scares me", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said in a Facebook video earlier on Tuesday.Citing his 24 years in the National Weather Service, Graham added, "It's one of those situations, you're going to get heavy rain, catastrophic life-threatening storm surge. and also the wind".

At least 250,000 more people were due to be evacuated from the northern Outer Banks in North Carolina on Tuesday after more than 50,000 people were ordered on Monday to leave Hatteras and Ocracoke, the southernmost of the state's barrier islands.

"In my area, we flooded in 2015". A hospital in Hampton, Virginia, was transferring patients to safer places. President Donald Trump tweeted on Monday evening.

Even as the computer models that meteorologists use to derive their forecasts converged on the idea that the hurricane will not make a northward turn away from land before reaching the United States, it became more evident that a growing area of high pressure north of the storm would cause the storm to slow down - perhaps even stalling - once it reaches the coast.

Florida State, Florida and Miami also had games affected previous year. There are more than 25 million people facing the threat of the storm.

Residents prepared by boarding up their homes and stocking up on food, water and other essentials, stripping grocery store shelves of merchandise. So does the prospect of replacing North Carolina with another team on the schedule. "What is flooding going to do to our home, our city?"

"We had already decided. that it was prudent for us to get on the road", McGougan said.

But while wind speed offers an easily quantifiable way to rate unsafe storms, forecasters are warning people not to fixate on that, saying that saltwater from the storm surge and freshwater from heavy rains pose a serious threat, no matter what the top winds are when the hurricane makes landfall.

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