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'Very dangerous' hurricane starts battering US East Coast

'Very dangerous' hurricane starts battering US East Coast

A state of emergency has been declared in five coastal states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland and Virginia and the U.S. capital Washington.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for north of the North Carolina/Virginia border to Cape Charles Light, VA, and for Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort.

This rainfall could cause unsafe flash flooding.

The danger of chemicals escaping in a storm is real: after Hurricane Harvey previous year, the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas released a toxic cloud into the nearby community after being flooded and losing power, resulting in hundreds of evacuations. As it turns into southern SC.

Dorf says trucking companies and logistics firms are working with FEMA and state and local authorities to park trucks full of goods and materials needed in the recovery in temporary warehouse and staging areas just out of the path of the hurricane, so they can quickly move into affected areas once the storm clears.

The outer bands of scattered rain reached the Triangle early Thursday afternoon, but the center of Hurricane Florence was still 100 miles off shore, southeast of Wilmington, at 5 p.m., according to the National Hurricane Center. This rainfall will produce life-threatening flash flooding.

SC ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents while North Carolina ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination.

More news: Hurricane Florence still a threat despite downgrade

The impact of storm surge on the coast will depend on whether the storm's arrival coincides with high tide.

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) aircraft set out to inspect the storm on Wednesday, finding the cyclone has decreased in ferocity slightly.

And the storm surge, which could be as much as 12 feet in some areas, will be on top of sea level rise from climate change.

The East Coast isn't the only area facing the brunt of a storm. Tropical Storm Olivia made a double landfall in Hawaii Wednesday morning, first in west Maui then Lanai, KHNL reports.

Panovich: Right now it looks like landfall is going to occur sometime early Friday morning between, I would say, 4 a.m. and probably about 8 a.m., but it might actually never make it all the way in. The team is following storm updates, reviewing hazards and historical flooding maps as well as getting familiarized with the area. North Carolina alone could get from 20 to 30 inches, with isolated spots possibly receiving 40 inches.

Will storm Helene influence our weather next week? This shift to the south certainly brings Charlotte into play for much heavier rainfall, and I think that's going to be the biggest issue that we're going to have to deal with in the Charlotte area is soaking heavy rains that could fall not only over a day but maybe several days after landfall. And newly formed Subtropical Storm Joyce is not expected to threaten land soon.

Meteorologists are also keeping an eye on yet another tropical disturbance that's spinning in the western Gulf of Mexico. That system could develop into a tropical depression by Friday. The NHC is encouraging officials in northeastern Mexico, Texas and Louisiana to monitor its progress.


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