Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Research | By Clarence Powell

‘Phenomenal’ 83-foot wave detected in Hurricane Florence

‘Phenomenal’ 83-foot wave detected in Hurricane Florence

Weather Underground meteorology director Jeff Masters said Florence eventually could strike as merely a Category 1 hurricane with winds less than 100 miles per hour (160 kph), but that's still enough to cause at least $1 billion in damage. It ranged 59 to 83 feet Wednesday morning.

Hurricane Florence, the monster Category 3 storm taking aim at the North and SC coastline, is expected to make landfall by the end of this week and bring with it devastating wind, rain and storm surge.

No storm watches or warnings are in effect for Georgia. More than 2,000 Florida utility workers were also sent to help restore power after the storm hits. The order eases regulations on trucks hauling gasoline and relief supplies into Georgia.

The hurricane center's projected track previously had Florence charging into the North Carolina coast on Friday.

Hurricane Florence, growing in size and intensity, crept closer to the US East Coast on Wednesday as disaster mobilisations expanded south from the Carolinas into Georgia to counter the threat of fierce winds, deadly high seas and calamitous floods.

A hurricane warning - meaning hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours - is in effect for a long stretch of the coast, from the Santee River in SC to Duck, N.C., which is part of the Outer Banks.

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"I'm taking a life-threatening risk, but it's my opportunity to protect my property", Hoffman said.

More than 1 million have been ordered to evacuate the coastlines of the Carolinas and Virginia.

Parts of North Carolina are forecast to see maximum sustained winds of up to 110 miles per hour and receive as much as 40 inches of rain, which could lead to historic flooding, forecasters said.

"This rainfall would produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding", the NHC said. "It's the most deadly part of the hurricane that comes in - it causes the most amount of destruction". Similar declarations were made earlier in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand.

It's a horrifying spectacle to behold, and the hurricane hasn't even struck land yet. It could stall just off the coast and then drift south along the SC coast and possibly make a landfall as a weaker system if it doesn't make it clearly over the coast of North Carolina.

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