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Tropical Storm Florence moves into the US: data, forecasts, useful information. Updated

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The tropical storm Florence to 8: September 00 15 killed seven people and left more than 900 thousands of homes in North and South Carolina without electricity. According to the National Meteorological Service, at the weekend we can expect "even more rain" in the already affected states.

Infographics: NHC

The storm has already led to the evacuation of more than 1 million people and continues its advance along the coast.

You can watch the elements live on the broadcasts that we collected in the material on link.

on September 15


On Saturday morning, the storm center Florence was located in 35 miles (56 kilometers) west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with a maximum steady wind speed of 50 miles per hour (80 km / h).

It travels west at 2 miles per hour (3,2 km / h), according to the National Meteorological Service.

Authorities report seven dead. Today Steve Ree, director of emergency situations at Carteret County, confirmed that two people died on Friday morning on Harkers Island, North Carolina. The cause of death was not drowning, but no other details have yet been reported.

According to Governor Cooper, about 1 million people left their homes in North Carolina.

900 more than a thousand homes were left without electricity: 782,909 in North and 137 354 in South Carolina.

on September 14


As of 17: 00 14 September, Florence weakened to the level of a tropical storm, however, according to meteorologists, it threatens heavy rainfall and catastrophic flooding.

The storm center was in 50 miles (80 km) southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina, and moved west at a speed of about 3 miles (5 km) per hour.


At least five people, including a mother and child, died in north carolinae because of hurricane florence.

Two people - a mother and a baby - died in Wilmington as a result of a tree falling on their house.

The father of the child, who was also in the house at the time the tree fell, was taken to hospital with injuries.

In Hampstead, emergency workers received a call to stop their hearts on Friday morning, but because of the road blocked by knocked-down trees, they arrived at the call late, and by the time they arrived the woman had already died.

The fourth dead was a man in the Lenoir district, who died from an electric shock when he connected the cord to the generator.

According to NBC, the fifth person also died in Lenoir district, but the circumstances of his death are not reported.

After entering the land of the center of the hurricane, residents of North Carolina who refused to evacuate publish photos and videos from the elemental epicenter in social networks; you can see them here.

According to forecasts National Hurricane Center, Florence's trajectory through the United States will pass through the state of New York.

After passing through North and South Carolina, the storm will turn to the north and pass through Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and other northeastern states, reaching Maine.

Infographics: NHC

Florence will get to New York in the afternoon of September 18. By that time, the storm will weaken to the state of a cyclone, so the state is not threatened by destructive winds, but the region is expected to rain.

The amount of rain in New York, according to Hurricane Center forecasts, can reach 4 inches (10 cm).

Infographics: NHC

on September 13

Photo and video of the effects of the exit of the hurricane on the land, published in social networks, can be found on the link.

Ukrainians living in North Carolina prepare for a hurricane in different ways. Some are afraid of losing hives, stand in line for electric generators, while others do not feel the threat of a hurricane at all, the approach of which scares the whole of America.

How our compatriots are preparing to meet with the storm, read the article "Ours are in trouble: how the Ukrainians in North Carolina are preparing for the hurricane Florence"

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has shown the scale of Hurricane Florence, which is approaching the shores of North and South Carolinas.


Hurricane Florence's outer belt reached the coast of north carolina. This led to huge waves - sea water flooded some state roads.

This is the beginning of a long-lasting attack of wind and water on a region that can cause devastating damage, as well as lead to floods that will affect millions of people.

During Thursday, the weather will deteriorate: the winds will accelerate, the rain will increase, and the ocean will leave the usual shores.

According to forecasts, the center of the hurricane will land on Friday in southeastern North Carolina, which will lead to very serious and dangerous weather conditions in the region: a strong rise in the ocean and a huge amount of rain falling from 20 to 40 inches (50-100 cm).

The National Hurricane Center warns that floods from storm surges and precipitation can be "catastrophic."

The same zone will suffer from devastating hurricane winds, which will not cease for almost a day, and the weather conditions of a tropical storm will be observed in the state for about 48 hours. Winds can damage homes, praise trees and cut power lines.

Despite the fact that the storm category dropped from the fourth to the second, weather forecasters emphasized that this criterion reflects only the speed of peak winds in a very narrow core near the storm center. The size of the hurricane has expanded, it still carries winds of dangerous speed, and the level of threat of floods has not changed with the change in the category of the hurricane.

On Friday and on weekends, a massive storm containing a zone of tropical storm winds with a diameter of about 400 miles (650 km) will drift over land, covering most of South Carolina and the southern part of North Carolina. Bad weather will also be felt in eastern Georgia.

Florence showers can be a record for North Carolina, currently the record holder for the number of rains in the state is Hurricane Floyd, which threw X-NUMX inches (1999 cm) of rain in 24 year.

Flooding from heavy rainfall is the second leading cause of death during tropical storms and hurricanes.

Hurricane carries with it the threat of floods, not only in the Carolinas. By early next week, weakened, but containing a large amount of moisture, Florence will bring rain to Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Washington and Pennsylvania, where the weather is already rather wet, so these areas are under threat of flooding.


While weather forecasters warn of the devastating effects of Hurricane Florence, various organizations offer their support in the form of free housing, rejection of baggage and animal fees and other services. The list and links here.


Florence on Thursday approached the East Coast of the United States. Meanwhile, resources are being mobilized to withstand high winds, high waves and catastrophic floods not only in North and South Carolina, but also further south in Georgia.

The wind speed inside the hurricane reached on Wednesday 175 kilometers per hour, which is lower than the peak 225 kilometers per hour, recorded the day before, when Florence was still classified as a fourth category hurricanes on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

Photo: twitter / @ NASA

According to forecasts of the National Center for Hurricane Watch in Miami, the center of Florence, a slow moving hurricane of the second category, will approach the coast of North Carolina on Friday afternoon, perhaps lingering along the coast, then move southwest along the coast, after which it will go deep into the mainland on Saturday.

However, the National Hurricane Watching Center warned that Florence still poses a deadly threat to a wide stretch of US east coast from southern Georgia to southern Virginia and could lead to catastrophic flooding.

on September 12


Florence weakened to a hurricane of the third category.

Now the wind speed in it is 120 miles per hour (193 km / h). However, representatives of the National Hurricane Center noted that at the moment there are fluctuations in wind speed in Florence, so by Thursday morning its strength may increase again.

As of 17: September 00 13, the hurricane was about 385 miles (620 km) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, writes CNN.

Warnings about the evacuation due to the hurricane, as well as difficult weather conditions were issued in respect of the territories where more than 10 million people live, mandatory evacuation was announced in relation to 1 million people.


airlines cancel hundreds of flights because of the approaching hurricane florence.

As of 14: 25 on Wednesday 858 flights were canceled in the US, and 5 580 flights around the world were postponed, according to the information service FlightAware.

Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Charlotte-Douglas International Airport are among those primarily affected by Hurricane Florence.

Charleston International Airport tweeted that the runways will close at midnight on Wednesday and remain closed "at least until Friday" because of the hurricane.

Various carriers have refused fees for flights whose flight path intersects with a hurricane, among them American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines.


Hurricane Florence began to slow, and the expected trajectory of its movement deviated to the south compared to previous forecasts.

According to previous forecasts, the exit of Florence to the land was to take place on the border of North and South Carolina, now the threat has shifted towards South Carolina, affecting the North is much less.

Slowing the storm also does not carry anything good, which means that the territories of the affected states will receive more rain because of the hurricane that has almost hung over them. According to forecasts, the coastal areas of North and South Carolina face 20-40 inches (cm 50-100) of rain in a short period. This level of rain threatens catastrophic floods in the region. Hurricane winds can linger on these territories for 24 hours or more, threatening to fall trees and damage power lines.

In addition, the new trajectory of the movement of Florence creates the danger that the hurricane will maintain its strength longer than previously thought.

Instead of going deep into the US after going out on land and weakening, as most storms do, Hurricane Florence will instead move parallel to the coast towards Georgia, which will allow it to feed its strength through the waters of the Atlantic, with which it will not lose contact.

The hurricane, which will affect millions of Americans this week in the southeastern United States, “will bring life-threatening storm surges and downpours” to North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia and parts of the Mid Atlantic.

When it reaches the coastline, as forecasters expect, it will slow down for several days, causing life-threatening storm waves, gusts of wind and flooding.

Here is what you should know about the trajectory of a powerful hurricane.


Where is the hurricane now?

According to the NHC, Florence is approximately 385 miles (619,5 km) southwest of Bermuda and about 575 miles (925 km) southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, as of 5 o'clock in the morning EST.

The hurricane center reports that Florence is heading north-west at 17 miles per hour (27,3 km / h) and has maximum steady winds at speeds around 130 miles per hour (209 km / h).

"Along the way, Florence downtown will move across the Southwest Atlantic between Bermuda and the Bahamas [Wednesday] and approach the coast of North Carolina or South Carolina on Thursday and Friday," NHC said.

Meteorologists also note that a hurricane can gain momentum.

“Florence is a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale,” the NHC said. - Strengthening is forecast on Wednesday, although some weakening is expected on Thursday. As it approaches the US coast, Florence will again become an extremely dangerous violent hurricane.

What happens if a hurricane hits land?

The strength of a hurricane is rated at four out of five - that is, a hurricane strong enough to knock down trees, collapse prefabricated houses, and damage windows, doors and roofs on stone buildings.

The flood zone in a fourth category hurricane extends up to four kilometers into the land. Florence could be the most devastating hurricane in this region in the last 30 years.

The highest level - five points - was at Irma, the most deadly Atlantic storm 2017 of the year, known as the “hurricane of the decade”. Florence wind speed reaches 209 kilometers per hour.

Meteorologists suggest that as the hurricane gains power in the warm waters of the Atlantic, it can reach the highest, fifth category.

The last time a hurricane of similar force struck the region in 1989 — the Hugo storm, which reached the fourth category, devastated North Carolina, causing damage to 7 billion dollars. 49 people became its victims.

The National Hurricane Watching Center warns that Florence has all the hallmarks of an “extremely dangerous” meteorological phenomenon.

It can bring catastrophic torrential rains and flooding of coastal and inland regions.

The authorities urged the population to prepare for possible power outages and stock up on drinking water.

Ships from the Norfolk Base - the main naval base of the Atlantic fleet of the US Navy, located in Virginia, bordering North Carolina, are prepared to sail to the open sea, in order to wait out the storm, if necessary.

What else do you need to know

Preparing for the arrival of a hurricane, you must take several steps:

Prepare an alarming briefcase

Collect everything you need in case of emergency evacuation. This includes documents, first aid supplies, clothing, a sleeping bag, food and water to live independently for at least 4 of the day.

Remember that light, gas, water, telephones may not work for several days or even weeks. Think in advance how you will do without them.

Do not forget about soap, shampoo, toilet paper, a second pair of glasses or contact lenses if you wear them.

Hurricane brings heavy rain, so it would be nice to get rubber boots, gloves, waterproof things.

In the US, there is a wireless emergency message system that will come to your mobile phone for free if you are in a disaster area: a hurricane, a forest fire, etc.

Instructions for including these messages, as well as details about the service, can be found. here.

Check the area around the house

Look at the bushes and trees near your home. See if they can weather the storm. On the one hand, plantings protect your home and hold back the power of the storm, but on the other hand, trees can break and cause damage not only to your home, but also to you.

Always keep windows and doors closed. Put all the outdoor furniture, garden decorations, trash cans in the garage or house - that is, everything that is not fixed.

Refill a full tank of your car in advance.

Make sure you have cash, as ATMs may be de-energized.

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