By Shelby Anderson:
Update as of: 9/13/18
What started as a tropical cyclone hovering over the Atlantic Ocean is now more commonly known as Hurricane Florence and it is headed right toward the southeastern coast of the United States. A storm system that weather forecasters have been keeping tabs on since its first appearance. Now it is headed straight for North Carolina. Originally deemed a category 4 storm with sustained winds at speeds of up to 175 mph the deadly storm has now lost some power overnight. As of this morning Hurricane Florence is a Category 2 storm that has the power to cause up to 74 mph winds that will also bring fatal storm surges, flash flooding and river flooding, as well as much more damage.The National Weather Services expects there to be catastrophic and life-threatening storm surges near the time when the hurricane makes landfall and for a short time after. Over 1 million people are under strict state-issued mandatory evacuation due to the storm including North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Multiple other cities that may not be under a hurricane warning are under an “evacuate-at-risk” situation. North Carolina’s governor Roy Cooper calls this phenomena “historic and maybe once in a lifetime.” People who are in the hurricane warning zones as well as tropical storm surge warning zones are being strongly urged NOT to ride the storm out. Florence is expected to be a large and slow storm dropping mass quantities of rain that will reach much further than just the coast. People in Tennessee are also expected to receive much rainfall as a result of the hurricane. The National Hurricane Center released satellite data showing that the massive hurricane has generated waves that exceeded 83 feet high. Beaches along the coast have been closed down, orders by the governor who says people could possibly be arrested if found in the tumultuous and deadly ocean. The Hurricane could possibly make landfall overnight tonight or Friday. It is hard for anyone to predict when the hurricane could make landfall due to it’s sporadic movement and fluctuating size and speed. The very outer edges of the storm has already hit the coast of North Carolina and is expected only to get worse as time progresses.