'Harvey of the East Coast:' Florence's worst impact could be catastrophic flooding

Hurricane Florence is expected to be a Category 4 storm when it arrives at the coast of North Carolina late this week

According to predictions, this brick wall-like high-pressure system will then weaken after the hurricane makes landfall, "and the steering flow that's driving [Florence] right now will stop or will stall out", Bell said.

Tall corn and tobacco crops are most vulnerable to wind damage and hard to harvest if knocked down, said Rhonda Garrison, executive director of the Corn Growers Association of North Carolina.

From late Thursday through early Sunday, Florence will travel "literally slower than a walking pace (2 to 3 miles per hour on average)", CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said.

On Tuesday afternoon, data from an Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter aircraft showed that Florence's sustained winds had picked up in speed again, hovering close to 140 miles per hour. While wind damage is still ordinarily covered, insurers that were stung by storms such as Sandy in 2012, which swamped NY and New Jersey, have inserted clauses in their policies that limit coverage and set high deductibles, particularly when storms reach hurricane status.

He later added: "Just had calls with South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam regarding the incoming storm".

Hurricane Florence continues to churn toward the USA mainland with potentially highly destructive winds and enough rain to thoroughly drench and possibly flood much of Eastern North Carolina. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed.

As of Tuesday morning, Hurricane Florence is still a Category 4, but Gentry said the rain total prediction has changed to three to six inches. Mandatory evacuations are in place amid forecasts for a 12-foot (3.7-meter) storm surge, and expectations of as much as $27 billion in damages. The school said the decision came after discussions with West Virginia, the Atlantic Coast Conference and emergency management officials.

Aside from the storm surge and coastal flooding, expect colossal freshwater flooding as well.

The Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said that Isaac, packing winds of 75 miles per hour (mph) located near latitude 14.7 North, longitude 43.9 West and moving toward the west near 14 mph.

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One trusted computer model, the European simulation, predicted more than 45 inches (115 centimetres) in parts of North Carolina.

What's worse: Much of the Carolinas are already saturated from rainfall. By comparison, Washington, D.C., gets an average of 40 inches of rain per year. It says total rainfall could reach 30 inches in some places, prompting life-threatening flash flooding from SC to Northern Virginia.

Impacts of Florence are likely to begin tomorrow.

As of Tuesday, storm surge and hurricane warnings have been issued along the southeast US coast from parts of Florida to Cape Cod, MA.

And in the 29 years since Hurricane Hugo struck, the population of the coastal Carolinas has skyrocketed.

The auto park has been full for three days at the Ace Hardware store in coastal Calabash, North Carolina, where manager Tom Roberts said he sold 150 gas cans in two hours Monday, along with generators, plywood, rope, manual can openers, sand bags and a plethora of other items.

"Many of the people here have never seen a storm this strong".

"We're a resilient bunch down here". "But this is pretty serious".

'We have guard members preparing throughout the state, ready to meet the requests from our partnered agencies and emergency managers, ' said Army Maj. Gen.

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