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OhYouBadBadKitten Mon 10-Sep-18 21:51:14

It seems to be starting to get going properly now with the first major storm of the season.
Florence is now a Cat 4 and is heading for the Carolinas.

cozietoesie Mon 10-Sep-18 22:18:24

Thanks, OYBBK. smile

cozietoesie Mon 10-Sep-18 22:25:07

Most of the high powered ones that make landfall are cat 4s, no? (I seem to remember only 2 or 3 that hit as a 5.)

cozietoesie Mon 10-Sep-18 22:36:21

And Category 4 is quite bad enough, thank you.

OhYouBadBadKitten Tue 11-Sep-18 07:19:21

They often pull back to Cat 4 or lower as they hit shallower waters and thus end up being cut off from some of their energy supply. It's always important to look at what it was just a day before really to think about the impact it's going to have.

worknamechanged Tue 11-Sep-18 07:23:29

A friend is holidaying there currently and has been told it’s likely they’ll have to evacuate! How bad does it get for that to happen?

OhYouBadBadKitten Tue 11-Sep-18 08:24:08

It depends on their location. Are they close to the coast?

GloriaSmud Tue 11-Sep-18 10:36:05

More here on the BBC website (including a useful bit at the bottom about how hurricanes develop and hurricane categories.)

RedneckStumpy Tue 11-Sep-18 10:42:14

Cat 5’s that hit land tend to come through the gulf, and get a hit of energy from the warm water around Florida.

A cat 4 will still ruin your day

Perihelion Tue 11-Sep-18 11:40:11

I read that the sea surface temp off the Carolinas is unusually warm at 30c.....

RedneckStumpy Tue 11-Sep-18 12:22:04

Wow warm, it’s likely in that case it could increase in power when it reaches coastal waters

QueenCity Tue 11-Sep-18 13:33:06

I'm in South Carolina but inland luckily. I feel dreadful for those living on the coast. We are preparing ourselves for flooding as it looks like it is going to stall and just dump massive amounts of rain. Shelves in the shops are bare. No bread, milk or water yesterday (milk sandwiches anyone? wink) Most of the pumps at the petrol station were out of order yesterday. At the moment we have sunshine and a blue sky filled with white fluffy clouds. The calm before the storm...

cozietoesie Tue 11-Sep-18 18:53:09

Good luck to you all, Queen. It's not looking good.

Hurricane Florence

cozietoesie Tue 11-Sep-18 20:11:23

Oh Dear.


SoleBizzz Tue 11-Sep-18 20:14:21

Was very windy last night here West Mids UK!

GloriaSmud Tue 11-Sep-18 21:23:09

Latest update on the BBC website.
NASA have also got updates here.

International Space Station livestream, for those that want to go hurricane spotting from space.

Perihelion Tue 11-Sep-18 23:51:53

Stay safe Queen.

I went on holiday to the South Carolina coast years ago. Coming from Scotland, the thing that struck me most ( apart from the heat and a huge alligator arsing about on a golf course ) was the total flatness of the land. Just no high ground to escape a storm surge or flooding.

GloriaSmud Wed 12-Sep-18 08:54:52

Latest update says the hurricane is expected to strengthen.

RedToothBrush Wed 12-Sep-18 11:38:17

Philip Klotzbach @philklotzbach
Table of 10 strongest North Carolina #hurricane landfalls as ranked by central pressure. #Florence #FlorenceNC

I have a feeling this will be a handy reference point.

cozietoesie Wed 12-Sep-18 11:44:29

Thanks, Red.

cozietoesie Wed 12-Sep-18 12:48:10

Latest. (I think.)

Hurricane Florence

cozietoesie Wed 12-Sep-18 17:57:55

Governor's (Cooper's) statement.

.... "disaster is at the doorstep, and it's coming in." ....

GloriaSmud Wed 12-Sep-18 18:13:26

Latest update from NASA (along with footage from the International Space Station ~ shock at the size of it.)

cozietoesie Wed 12-Sep-18 18:38:25

Do you have animals to care for, Queen? (Appreciate that you may not have time to post.)

OhYouBadBadKitten Wed 12-Sep-18 20:05:46

25m high waves measured on the NE side.

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