Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Science | By Patricia Jimenez

Slow Moving Hurricane Florence To Bring More Rain To Pittsburgh Area

Slow Moving Hurricane Florence To Bring More Rain To Pittsburgh Area

Instead of pushing directly towards states like West Virgina, Kentucky, or IN (following a generally northwest track from its initial landfall), Florence may now stall out on top of SC before moving west or southwest towards Georgia, Alabama, and Florida.

"Little change in strength is expected before the center reaches the coast, with weakening expected after the center moves inland", the National Hurricane Center said. Once projected to make landfall as a Category 4 storm with the potential to reach Category 5, forecasters now believe Flo will hold at least a Category 2 rating as it approaches land.

While many coastal residents heeded mandatory evacuation orders, others boarded up homes and businesses and chose to courageous the storm, which is forecast to trigger severe flash flooding as it dumps as many as three feet (almost a meter) of rain in some areas. "We're able", he said.

Florence is the most unsafe of three tropical systems in the Atlantic.

As of 8 a.m., the hurricane is predicted to make landfall along the coast of the Carolinas tomorrow (Sept. 14), according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center. Most were scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

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This morning, the radar loop out of Morehead North Carolina is beginning to show those fans of heavy rain closing in on the coast.

Frustrated after evacuating his beach home for a storm that was later downgraded, retired nurse Frederick Fisher grumbled in the lobby of a Wilmington hotel several miles inland.

"Very risky winds will produce some damage: Well-constructed frame homes could have damage to roof, shingles, vinyl siding and gutters".

NASA via AP In this September 12, 2018 photo provided by NASA, Hurricane Florence churns over the Atlantic Ocean heading for the US east coast as seen from the International Space Station.

Then it dropped to an extratropical cyclone - but with hurricane-force winds akin to a low Category 1 hurricane - before making landfall in New Jersey. Thousands of Marines and their families evacuated from Camp Lejeune, leaving the rest to dig in ahead of what could be a direct hit. Officials are urging others in its path to follow suit, or prepare for the worst.

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As of Thursday morning, Hurricane Florence has weakened to 110 miles per hour as it contends with slightly increased wind shear and drier air. Sand dunes gone storm surge 4' into house knocking down walls first floor. Some 11,000 power outages had been reported by Thursday morning. The storm had also picked up considerable speed and was racing west at 21 miles per hour toward the Lesser Antilles. "The largest rain total comes from the GFS showing 1.5" of rain.

But the Miami-based NHC stressed it remained "a life-threatening situation" due to the risks of storm surge around coastal areas.

The surge will result in "large areas of deep inundation. enhanced by battering waves", the Weather Service said.

The area to the north of Florence's landfall along the North Carolina coast-storm surge is always worst to the "right" of a storm's center, where its rotation pushes water onshore-is less populated and developed than the New Jersey and NY shores. The rest of South and North Carolina, including cities from Charlotte to Raleigh, can expect 6 to 12 inches of rain - and up to 2 feet in isolated areas, the NHC warned. Forecasters also were tracking two other disturbances.

Florence, however, continues to threaten the east coast as a fierce storm that could trigger flooding as far south as Georgia.

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Wilmington, North Carolina, just north of where the hurricane is expected to come ashore, was sunny around midday on Wednesday as the town appeared to be emptying. Categories only represent the speed of sustained winds, and these are still destructive. Will the winds be that strong or they'll be stronger when they get here than that? Many shallowly rooted trees will be snapped or uprooted and block numerous roads.

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