More Than a Million People Forced to Leave Their Homes Before the Arrival of Hurricane Florence. The strong swells caused by the storm and strong winds will pose “deadly threats”, as well as serious flood risks that have forced the authorities to deploy and emergency measures
“Nothing has been seen like what comes in 25, 30 years, maybe never, it’s tremendously large and tremendously humid, large amounts of water,” Trump said in the Oval Office.
More than one and a half million people have been ordered to evacuate their homes on the coasts of Virginia, North and South Carolina, as Hurricane Florence approaches, which could reach the highest category on the Saffir scale. Simpson upon arrival on the east coast of the country.
The strong swells caused by the storm and strong winds will pose “deadly threats”, as well as serious flood risks that have forced the authorities to deploy and emergency measures.
The most distant waves of the big storm are forecast to touch land late on Wednesday in a coastal area that has already suffered a severe sea level rise, and then the cyclone will snap during Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, flooding several states and triggering potentially deadly floods.
The Arrival of Hurricane Florence
Beyond the Carolinas and Virginia, the threat of inland flooding will extend until next week to some areas of Tennessee, Georgia, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland and the District of Columbia, where the capital, Washington is located.
Precisely the last two territories, Maryland and the District of Columbia, declared a state of emergency in the last hours.
The last time the capital declared a state of emergency due to a weather alert was in January 2016, when a winter storm called “Snowzilla” covered the capital and its region in more than half a meter of snow.
The size of Hurricane Florence is “amazing,” warned the director of the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Ken Graham.
“It could cover several states easily with just cloud cover, this is not just a coastal event,” he added.
The forecasts point to seven days of heavy rains along the east coast of the country, which will mainly affect much of North Carolina and Virginia, combining high tides.
“This will be a storm that will create and cause massive damage to our country,” said Jeff Byard, deputy administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
“It’s going to be a long-term recovery, it’s not going to be a storm that we recover from in days,” he said.
For his part, President Donald Trump declared the emergency situation in North and South Carolina, facilitating federal aid to those territories, and canceled the campaign events he had scheduled for Thursday and Friday to mark the legislative elections. to be held in November.
“Nothing has been seen like what’s coming in 25, 30 years, maybe never, it’s tremendously large and tremendously humid, large amounts of water, ” Trump said in the Oval Office after meeting with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and FEMA.
“The safety of the Americans is my absolute top priority, we do not save any expenses, we are fully prepared, we are ready, we are as prepared as anyone,” Trump told reporters.
The governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper, said his state is “insight” and urged the citizens of his state to “prepare now” with provisions for several days.
According to a probable trajectory pattern, the center of Florence will move through the southwest Atlantic between Bermuda and the Bahamas until tomorrow, Wednesday, and will approach the coast of North Carolina or South Carolina on Thursday and Friday.
NHC experts expect Florence to intensify further in the next 24 hours and remain an “extremely dangerous” hurricane until its vortex hits land probably somewhere on the North Carolina coast early Friday morning.
The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) indicated in its 05.00 pm (ET) bulletin that Florence is 580 kilometers south-southwest of Bermuda and 1,260 kilometers east-southeast of Cape Fear in North Carolina.
In the last hours, the winds of Florence increased their intensity and have a maximum sustained speed of 220 kilometers per hour.
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