Hurricane Helene heading towards the United Kingdom, bringing chances of gale force winds

Posted September 15, 2018

Hurricane Florence made landfall early Friday morning, prompting the National Hurricane Center to issue storm surge warnings for both Carolinas.

The storm is projected to shift northeast with an increase in forward speed in the coming days, forecasters said.

With Hurricane Florence, numerous coastline will see water levels from the storm surge rise over 3 feet, with some families seeing over 9 feet of water near their homes. As Hurricane Florence traveled across the ocean, its winds basically pile up water that is higher than the ordinary level of the sea.

Tecklenburg said his flood-prone city is preparing for "copious rain" by clearing out the city's drainage system and getting boats and portable pumps ready.

"The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of onshore winds, where the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves", the NHC said.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within 36 to 48 hours.

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Cooper requested additional federal disaster assistance in anticipation of what his office called "historic major damage" across the state.

Well, mostly those living in the south coast of the country.

Prisoners were affected, too.

The mayor of a SC city in the path of powerful Hurricane Florence is warning citizens to get out or stay "at your own peril".

Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it's unclear how many did.

Tropical storm conditions are expected within the tropical storm warning area beginning within the next few hours through the afternoon.

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Spanish moss waved in the trees as the winds picked up in Wilmington, and floating docks bounced atop swells at Morehead City.

On Friday, coastal streets in the Carolinas flowed with frothy ocean water, and pieces of torn-apart buildings flew through the air.

Rip currents will remain high and seas will continue to be close to 10 feet just off the coast.

The National Hurricane Center states that these storm surges are highly likely along portions of the coastlines of North Carolina and SC. "Catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding are likely", the Hurricane Center said. Storm force winds extend 175 miles (280 km) primarily to the north of the centre.

The strong winds are as a result of Storm Helene which is expected to push north-eastwards on Monday.

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