EXPERTS: HURRICANE FLORENCE NOW MAJOR THREAT TO EAST COAST
Hurricane Florence, after strengthening to a Category 4 Monday, had 1 million people fleeing the Carolinas, where the “monster” weather event – as of The Northeast Georgian’s press deadline Tuesday – was expected to make landfall Thursday. Florence taking aim at the East Coast could also mean “extreme inland flooding” in parts of North Carolina, northern South Carolina and Virginia, where The Weather Channel stated could experience up to 30 inches of rain through Saturday. Northeast Georgia, specifically Habersham County, has around a 5-percent chance of experiencing tropical storm-force winds, The Weather Channel showed, and is expected to receive light to moderate rains. The Weather Channel stated no September tropical storm or hurricane starting from Florence’s location has ever made it to the U.S. East Coast, but that doesn’t mean a hurricane hit from the far east is impossible. Florence could be only the fourth Category 4 hurricane to hit the U.S. coast north of Georgia, The Weather Channel stated, with Hazel (1954), Gracie (1959) and Hugo (1989) being the only other three on record. With September being National Preparedness Month, Georgians are encouraged to prepare for natural and man-made disasters before it’s too late, especially with some Carolinians seeking refuge in Georgia. For more information, visit Ready.gov. Shown is a photo of Florence, captured Sept. 10 by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration from the International Space Station. Text by Editor Christina Santee.