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The Impact Of Hurricane Florence

15 September 2018

Although this tropical storm will not be near Arkansas and Oklahoma, you may have family or friends that are in the unsafe path.

At 11 a.m., the storm was centered 485 miles (785 kilometers) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving at 15 mph (24 kph). "Life-threatening storm surge and rainfall expected".

In its latest advisory, the US Hurricane Center placed Helene about 760 miles off the Azores and calculated the maximum sustained wind speed at 65mph.

He says the time to flee Hurricane Florence is now.

The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency said Wednesday that the territory is prepared for any further developments of Tropical Storm Isaac, as well as for the remainder of the hurricane season.

Hurricane Florence made landfall early Friday morning, prompting the National Hurricane Center to issue storm surge warnings for both Carolinas.

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In Wilmington, near where the eye of the hurricane touched down, trees and power lines were down and many windows had been broken. There were reports of trees and branches down throughout the areas and thousands in Horry County experienced power outages.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

Parts of North Carolina had seen storm surges - the bulge of seawater pushed ashore by the hurricane - as high as 10 feet (3 meters), he said.

Forecasters on Friday warned of flash flooding and wind gusts of 25 to 40 miles per hour.

Forecasters said conditions will deteriorate as the storm pushes ashore early Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina line and makes its way slowly inland.

SURF: Swells generated by Isaac will begin to affect portions of the Lesser Antilles this afternoon. It will continue to move to the west and away from the V.I. during the overnight hours. "There will be some rain but at the moment it doesn't look as though that's going to be the issue".

The mammoth waves were spotted early Wednesday in the storm's northeast quadrant, said the NHC's Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch, which has been documenting Florence's waves all week. "Catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding are likely", the Hurricane Center said. "Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other unsafe conditions", the hurricane center briefing said. Coastal areas in both Carolinas have taken steps to evacuate residents and tourists, including a mandatory evacuation in SC.

The Impact Of Hurricane Florence