Coastal communities prepare for Florence and Isaac

Coastal communities prepare for Florence and Isaac

Coastal communities prepare for Florence and Isaac

From North Myrtle Beach to Cape Fear, and Cape Lookout to the Ocracoke Inlet, water could rise 6-9 feet.

There is increased fear that Florence "will slow considerably or stall, leading to a prolonged and exceptionally heavy and unsafe rainfall event Friday-Sunday", the NHC said Tuesday.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

And there is a chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage The gusts are expected to target the South West Scotland, Lothian and Borders, and Strathclyde regions. Tropical-storm force winds extend outward to 105 miles from the center. But forecasters also said the opposite could happen when it brushed up against strong wind shear. McNoldy says "the rainfall has been and continues to be a very substantial threat over the entire area".

Florence's slow storm movement after landfall may bring an extended period of heavy rainfall through the weekend into early next week.

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Maximum sustained winds remain near 60 miles per hour (95 km/h) with higher gusts. The more southern track has also increased the risk for tornadoes and flash flooding. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, and St. Kitts and Nevis.

Wind gusts of up to 65mph are forecast with up to 80mph possible in more exposed areas.

Terrifying as the situation is (I am regularly checking on my folks, who abandoned Charleston for the highlands of North Carolina), there is a silver lining.

The waves are produced by being trapped along with incredibly strong winds moving in the same direction as the storm's motion. Little change in strength is expected during the next couple of days.

Overnight, Isaac began to fall apart as it encountered increasing atmospheric winds that help shred storms and neared dry air. It is moving northwest at 15 miles per hour, according to the NHC's update at 11 a.m. Sept 12.

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