‘Unprecedented’: Why meteorologists are calling Hurricane Florence ‘weird’

Bracing for Hurricane Florence | Don't Miss This

Bracing for Hurricane Florence | Don't Miss This

On Thursday, Hurricane Florence's path took the massive storm straight into South and North Carolinas, bringing with it heavy wind and rain and the potential for major destruction. Authorities have also warned that the wind field has been growing larger consistently, making the hurricane extremely risky.

As of 11 a.m. EDT, Florence was centred about 145 miles (230 kilometres) southeast of Wilmington, its forward movement slowed to 10 mph (17 kph).

Hurricane Florence, which has been labelled as the most powerful hurricane to threaten the Carolinas in decades, is scheduled to batter the region for over 48 hours with life-threatening wind speeds of up to 110mph and a devastating storm surge. "Inland flooding kills a lot of people, unfortunately, and that's what we're about to see", he said.

A tornado watch was also in effect for parts of North Carolina.

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As the storm approached, Michael Cramer, the town manager of Carolina Beach, N.C., told NPR's Morning Edition that "easily a third of our community will be underwater" if the worst predictions are fulfilled. "In light of the storm's forecasted southward track after making landfall, I encourage Georgians to be prepared for the inland effects of the storm as well as the ensuing storm surge in coastal areas".

He said he has been through this many times in his 15 years in the Myrtle Beach area and that "nothing is going to happen". Airlines canceled almost 1,000 flights and counting.

Florence's weakening as it neared the coast created tension between some who left home and authorities who anxious that the storm could still be deadly. The more it hovers just off shore, the more potentially deadly storm surge it could push on-shore.

In the latest update from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Florence is just 205 miles off Wilmington Beach and 250 miles off Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. They also instituted a 24-hour curfew.

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In Virginia, 245 000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate. "Finally, I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Florence".

Some Florence evacuees are steering toward Bristol Motor Speedway near the Tennessee-Virginia border and Atlanta Motor Speedway, where campgrounds have been opened for people fleeing the storm. Unsure of what they might find when they return home, the couple went shopping for a recreational vehicle. "There is overwash but nothing we are not used to", she said. Thousands have heeded evacuations orders; others are hoping to cope with the storm in their homes or at local shelters.

If the European model is true or the overall trend persists, University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy said it "is exceptionally bad news, as it smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge".

SC ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents while North Carolina ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination. Most other beachgoers were long gone. "Today the threat becomes a reality", he said. "You feel like you should have already left".

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