Hurricane Florence map uses an unfortunate graphic to display devastation

Hurricane Florence map uses an unfortunate graphic to display devastation

Hurricane Florence map uses an unfortunate graphic to display devastation

Hurricane Florence is blasting toward the Carolinas, carrying sustained winds of up to 130 miles per hour and the threat of "life-threatening storm surge and rainfall", the National Hurricane Center says. "These enormous waves are produced by being trapped along with very strong winds moving in the same direction the storm's motion", says the National Hurricane Center.

The world's largest pig abattoir has shut down and stock moved as Hurricane Florence moves towards North Carolina on the USA east coast, threatening an environmental disaster. Massive waves from the hurricane will make the rush of water even more unsafe and damaging, the National Hurricane Center warned.

The nation's eyes are on Hurricane Florence, which overcame some big odds to target the East Coast this week. "If we try to leave, we'll just get stuck in the rain", she said. The hurricane centre also adjusted its projected track but stayed north of what most computer models were showing to prove some continuity with past forecasts.

Jonathan Serrie reports on hurricane preparations from Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. So the winds here are actually going to be probably 30, maybe 35 miles per hour with some gusts to 40 which normally would not be a big deal but with the heavy rain, that causes trees to come down so we could still see trees and power outages from the much lower wind speeds.

Florence is now been downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane, is expected to make landfall in the US, Thursday as an "extremely dangerous" hurricane according to the National Hurricane Center.

When asked in a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Sheriff P.J. Tanner said the school district must first evaluate how many teachers and staff evacuated ahead of the order.

The evacuations have prompted U-Haul to keep more than 90 of its storage facilities open so those leaving the path of the storm can use them for free, according to Elijah Mack, U-Haul Company of Coastal South Carolina president.

In addition to wind-driven storm surges of seawater, Florence could dump up to 35 inches (89 cm) in some spots as it moves inland, forecasters said.

Byard, the FEMA official, said "this storm is not going to be a glancing blow".

"A motion toward the northwest is forecast to begin by this afternoon and continue through Thursday", the hurricane center says.

While many coastal residents heeded mandatory evacuation orders, others boarded up homes and businesses and chose to fearless the storm, which is forecast to trigger severe flash flooding as it dumps as many as three feet (almost a meter) of rain in some areas. The map below shows the greatest impacts in North Carolina and along the eastern coastline, as far south as Charleston and as far north as New Jersey.

It's a different story in North Carolina.

The size of the storm surge - the amount of rise in seawater above normally dry land at the coast - if the storm's maximum surge combines with high tide.

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