Carolina coast braces for 'Mike Tyson punch' from hurricane

Hurricane Florence is gaining strength as it moves west

Construction on the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) was suspended in anticipation of inclement weather and crews were working to stabilize the right-of-way, secure pipe in open trenches and take other precautionary steps along the 300-mile route in West Virginia and Virginia.

Moreover, high tides around noon and midnight these next few days will make the storm surges even worse, Samson said. A crew from IL has already arrived in Greensboro, and crews from West Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, Vermont, Florida and Tennessee are also on their way. Some area residents described a harrowing retreat as the storm hit.

"We're just trying to plan for the future here, not having a house for an extended period of time", David Garrigus said.

Up to 1.7 million people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia have been given voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders, according to emergency management officials, as the storm churned across the Atlantic Ocean towards the coast. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), for instance, has been in "close communications" with both projects, along with its erosion and sediment control contractors, emergency response staff and federal regulators, agency spokesperson Ann Regn told NGI.

Utilities also continued to prepare. REUTERS/Chris KeanePeople walk past a boarded up building before Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Carolina Beach, North Carolina, U.S., September 12, 2018.

A NHS forecaster said: "This will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast".

While the nuclear facilities are created to withstand significant winds and rain, the company will shut down each plant on a case-by-case basis before sustained inland winds are greater than 73 miles per hour, Green told NGI. "It's a big one".

Below, you can see a time-lapse of the moment it entered the eye of the Category 4 hurricane. Fountain said they are trained every five weeks on weather issues and how to shut down the unit.

Matthew, a Category 1 hurricane, was the last major hurricane to hit the region in 2016. The planes fly for between eight and 12 hours at a time, using an array of equipment to study wind strength (by dropping Global Positioning System instruments through the clouds), ocean temperature, and more.

Areas along the coast from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, NC, including the Neuse, Pamlico, Pungo and Bay rivers may experience storm surges from 9 to 13 feet.

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And there's "a huge difference" in the size and type of damage Florence inflicts if it stays 50 miles (80 kilometers) off shore versus heading inland immediately, Landsea said.

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand.

Slower hurricanes - such as Hurricane Harvey - can dump more rain on an area before moving on, adding to their destructive power. More than a million people were under evacuation orders in the eastern United States Tuesday, where powerful Hurricane Florence threatened catastrophic damage to a region popular with vacationers and home to crucial government institutions.

"When we talk about these hurricanes, you have your rain, wind and storm surge", he said.

"A storm with the track of Florence is unprecedented".

The last time the USA capital declared a state of emergency was in January 2016 when a winter storm dubbed "Snowzilla" blanketed the capital region in knee-deep snow.

Updated NHC forecasts showed the storm lingering near the coast, bringing days of heavy rains that could bring intense inland flooding from SC, where some areas could see as much as 40 inches (1m) of rain, to Virginia.

If the European model is true or the overall trend persists, University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy said it "is exceptionally bad news, as it smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge. he rainfall has been and continues to be a very substantial threat over the entire area".

This means some coastal areas will get damaging hurricane-force winds for more than 24 hours.

Many coastal communities that are expected to be impacted by the storm provide live streams of the surf.

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