Hurricane Florence's Path Remains Uncertain As Storm Closes In On Carolinas

Greg Lawrence
September 13, 2018

This enhanced satellite image made available by NOAA shows Hurricane Florence off the eastern coast of the United States on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 at 5:52 p.m. EDT.

Hurricane Florence weakened to a Category 2 on Wednesday, but it's still expected to bring "life-threatening" surges and rainfall to the Southeast, meteorologists warned. But the hurricane center said it is "still forecast to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane when it nears the US coast late Thursday and Friday". Its maximum sustained winds are expected to top 145 miles per hour before losing some steam near the coast.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said that Florence's maximum sustained winds had eased slightly to 115 miles per hour (185 kph) and it had been downgraded to a Category 3 storm from a Category 4 on the five-level Saffir-Simpson wind scale.

The overall trend is "exceptionally bad news", said University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy, since it "smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge".

"This is not going to be a glancing blow", warned Jeff Byard, an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Even though Amazon routinely demonstrates its ability to solve unique challenges, Stix admitted there was one obstacle to dealing with hurricanes and more.

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The center of the massive storm is forecast to meander Thursday, Friday and Saturday over a stretch of coastline saturated by rising seas, inundating several states and triggering life-threatening floods.

The storm was heading for the coast of North and SC but heavy rain was also expected in Virginia to the north and Georgia to the south.

"We are uniquely positioned to establish a quick ad-hoc supply chain to support relief efforts", said Bettina Stix, an Amazon veteran credited with developing DRbA. 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. Unsure of what they might find when they return home, the couple went shopping for a recreational vehicle.

Mr Cooper's warnings were echoed by his SC counterpart, Henry McMaster, who stated that emergency services may not be able to reach residents if they remain in areas where evacuation orders have been issued.

"We hope to have something left when we get home", she said. Three other Southern raceways also opened campgrounds to evacuees. "Also, a little creepy".

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