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Hurricane Florence is producing waves as high as 83 feet

12 September 2018

Tropical-storm force winds are now extending 175 miles outwards from the eye of the storm, which illustrates how far its effects may be felt. Then come the torrents of rain.

Thankfully if they do, it's highly unlikely that the winds will be hurricane strength.

Storm -surge warning: South Santee River South Carolina to Duck North Carolina and Albemarle and Pamlico sounds, including the Neuse and Pamlico rivers as of 2 a.m. Wednesday, the NHC said.

He said: "Hurricanes are not increasing in numbers overall, but the number of more powerful - and therefore more destructive - storms is increasing". He underlined the point that even if you call 911, there is a chance rescue services may not be able to get to you.

The commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command directed almost 30 ships to steam away from the Hampton Roads area of southeastern Virginia, home to Naval Station Norfolk. SC ordered an estimated 1 million people to evacuate its coast.

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In North Carolina, officials already had ordered some 250,000 residents and visitors to begin evacuating the Outer Banks barrier islands.

Hurricane Florence has become a category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds at 130 miles per hour as of noon Monday. Salna predicts it could rise as high as 15 feet.

Previous Hurricane Chris hit across Bermuda, East Coast of the US, Atlantic, Canada and Iceland and killed one person - lasting from July 6 to July 12.

Florence exploded into a potentially catastrophic hurricane Monday as it closed in on North and SC, carrying winds up to 140 miles per hour (220 kph) and water that could wreak havoc over a wide stretch of the eastern United States later this week.

The rain threat remains through Saturday, and flooding can last several days.

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"Interests elsewhere in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic states should monitor the progress of Florence". The National Hurricane Center will likely start to issue warnings for Florence Tuesday.

Florence is also expected to bring heavy rains, but the storm surge map does not take that flooding into account.

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.

McMaster announced that he has submitted a request to President Trump for federal disaster declaration, which once approved would clear the way for federal funds and assistance for any damage caused by the storm.

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Hurricane Florence is producing waves as high as 83 feet