'Atmospheric Brick Wall' Steers Hurricane Florence Toward US East Coast

'Atmospheric Brick Wall' Steers Hurricane Florence Toward US East Coast

The GOES-East weather satellite, which keeps a constant eye on the East Coast and the Atlantic, has captured some breathtaking images of Hurricane Florence, Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Helene approaching the Americas (in that order). "Flooding is the deadliest result of these storms", he added.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said an estimated 1 million people would be fleeing his state's coast, with eastbound Interstate 26 heading into Charleston and USA 501 heading into Myrtle Beach reversed to ease the exodus.

Due to impacts from Hurricane Florence, an evacuation order has been issued for coastal SC, including Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley counties, beginning at noon Tuesday, Sept. 11.

US President Donald Trump signed declarations of emergency on Tuesday for both North Carolina and SC, freeing up federal money and resources for storm response.

Communities in Florence's path could be without electricity for weeks, said Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long.

During a typical Atlantic hurricane season, the bulk of hurricanes are steered by a high-pressure system that sits around Bermuda.

The center of the massive storm is forecast to make landfall along a stretch of coastline already saturated by rising seas and then meander Thursday, Friday and Saturday, inundating several states and triggering life-threatening floods.

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The state of North Carolina is preparing for a major storm.

"You're going to get heavy rain, catastrophic life-threatening storm surge and also the winds". "I guess that's a big part of the problem". Hurricane Maria killed about 3,000 people in Puerto Rico, causing widespread criticism of the Trump administration's response. It remains an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday night.

The slow-moving storm, the most severe hurricane to threaten the USA mainland this year, was located about 785 miles (1,260 km) southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, at 4:30 p.m. EDT (2030 GMT), according to the NHC.

Many newcomers have moved to the coast in the almost 19 years since the last strong hurricane - Floyd - threatened the area.

A state of emergency has been declared in both North and SC. It took Matheson and her husband almost the whole day Monday to drive the 100km off the barrier island. "With time, the wind pushes the water into every nook and cranny" Graham said. "All you have to do is look up at your ceiling, and think about 12 feet (of water)".

"It is an extremely unsafe, life-threatening, historic hurricane".

Evacuations have already begun in North and SC, where supermarket shelves have been stripped and petrol stations run dry as people prepare to escape its path. Some areas had almost 60 inches of rain.