National Weather Service releases briefings on Hurricane Florence

National Weather Service releases briefings on Hurricane Florence

National Weather Service releases briefings on Hurricane Florence

A wind pattern that allows a storm to get strong and stay strong.

But while wind speed offers an easily quantifiable way to rate risky storms, forecasters are warning people not to fixate on that, saying that saltwater from the storm surge and freshwater from heavy rains pose a serious threat, no matter what the top winds are when the hurricane makes landfall.

"My people just informed me that this is one of the worst storms to hit the East Coast in many years".

If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could bring torrential rains to the Appalachian mountains and as far away as West Virginia, causing flash floods, mudslides and other unsafe conditions.

"The longer it stays, the more wind, the more rain".

"Unfortunately, the models were right", the National Weather Service's National Hurricane Center said in a sternly-worded forecast discussion Monday evening.

For many people, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge: If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could bring torrential rains all the way into the Appalachian mountains and as far away as West Virginia, causing flash floods, mudslides and other risky conditions in places that don't usually get much tropical weather.

Along the Cumberland Plateau, where several inches of rain fell Sunday and early Monday as remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon interacted with a cold front that swept in from the northwest, Hurricane Florence was not expected to have much of an impact. But a computer simulation known as the European model predicts some places could get 45 inches. Three of them - Harvey, Irma and Maria - were major hurricanes that ravaged Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and many Caribbean islands. "This is not a pretty sight".

However, with the Florence making landfall in the the Carolinas, it is expected to cause prices to increase and fluctuate.

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The evacuation is said to affect one out of every five South Carolinians, representing around a million residents.

But a weather formation known as a high-pressure ridge is parked over the U.S. East coast, preventing Florence from doing the normal turn, said University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy. "We want to make sure people understand that people should not ride Hurricane Florence out".

Florence's path remains uncertain.

Early on Tuesday, Florence was centred about 975 miles east-south-east of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and moving west-north-west at almost 15mph. And with the Appalachian Mountains to the west, there could be flooding and mudslides, experts worry.

The monster storm was upgraded to an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 by the National Hurricane Centre yesterday but is predicted to approach the most-damaging Category 5 status.

Some of Florence's behavior, both what has been seen so far and what experts expect, show the influence of climate change.

High winds and heavy rains will also down trees and bring other destruction to areas in its path, the hurricane center said. "I can't emphasize enough the potential for unbelievable damage from wind, storm surge, and inland flooding with this storm".

Two-thirds of North Carolina's farm income comes from poultry and livestock, including hogs and dairy cattle, according to Wooten. The AP is exclusively responsible for all content.

The Associated Press Health & Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Department of Science Education.

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