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Hurricane Florence Latest

September 13, 2018

By Paul Homewood


Latest information from hurricane hunter aircraft is that sustained wind speeds are now down to 110 mph, Cat 2, following disruption of the inner core by upper level wind shear.

Florence is expected to make landfall in S Carolina on Friday morning as a Cat 2:


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  1. Chris, Leeds permalink
    September 13, 2018 10:48 am

    Thanks for the information, Paul. As you said yesterday we should all pray that the storm is indeed weakening and that everyone in the area stays safe and sound and that there is minimal damage.

    • Ian Magness permalink
      September 13, 2018 11:09 am

      Yes Chris, but this is not what the Green Blob and the mainstream media wanted AT ALL. They’ll be most disappointed not to be reported mass death and human misery.
      As WUWT has reported, the Washington Post, when commenting on Florence, reported that “Trump is complicit” in such extreme weather. So, they will be especially disappointed.
      Sorry to be so cynical but that’s the reality of this insane situation I feel.

  2. Athelstan permalink
    September 13, 2018 11:09 am

    CAT 2 is big, very big.

    A somewhat nitpicking meteorological distinction 73mph compared to 74mph, even a tropical storm ‘down graded’ from a Hurricane, can cause enormous damage, it is the rainfall amounts which should worry the authorities (and I’m very sure it does) flash flooding and then the continuance a relentless storm spate deluge which could cause much misery and hardship for anyone who live in low lying areas especially in flat river valleys. I also hope that, the high tide and Hurricane wave surge do not coincide.

    I hope that, our cousins in the Carolina’s and Virginia get safe and remain safe, that the damage somehow – please God is minimized.

  3. David James Styles permalink
    September 13, 2018 11:41 am

    Nice of Tesla…
    All very well except the BBC article states “Energy companies warned Florence could knock out power in some areas for weeks”

  4. September 13, 2018 12:17 pm

    Many evacuating north are heading through West Virginia, especially on the I-77 turnpike. The governor has had all ongoing repairs suspended northbound and a temporary bridge repair made to open the second lane at Ghent, avoiding a time consuming detour. All State Parks have a 55% rate-reduction on camping, cabins and lodge facilities. Weight and size limits on roads have been suspended to allow vehicles hauling relief supplies access southbound.

    WV has also suspended the usual rules for bringing livestock into the state and the WV State Fair grounds near Lewisburg have been opened to take up to 100 horses. WV’s US Coast Guard personnel are heading down with boats as are Swift Boat Rescue units in WV. Utility trucks headed south yesterday. WV National Guard units are already at a base near Raleigh awaiting action time with a regional command center in WV beefed up to handle communications. WV EMT units with ambulances are in VA and NC.

    President Trump has been telling folks to heed the evacuation orders and he has the Federal supplies and personnel already strategically located to move into affected areas as soon as the storm allows. Various relief units are coming from western states. Utility units are on the way from Oklahoma and elsewhere.

    WVU’s football game with NC State in Raleigh has been cancelled as was Marshall Univ’s game in SC.

    • September 13, 2018 12:25 pm

      That would be “Swift Water Rescue”–will let the Swift Boats hunt for John Kerry. The WV Commissioner of Agriculture, Kent Leonhardt, is a retired Marine Lt. Col. who was involved with supply logistics. Handy background to have.

  5. September 13, 2018 12:51 pm

    That’s good news. All the better because it will piss off the doom-mongers something rotten.
    The major storm “drought” continues!

  6. September 13, 2018 12:59 pm

    Note that the category is not the only, maybe not even the best, measure of a hurricane.

    Remember Sandy doing $billions of damage to New York? Barely a hurricane at all at landfall, but it was massive.

  7. Terbrugghen permalink
    September 13, 2018 1:56 pm

    I’m on the American coastline halfway between Savannah, Georgia and Jacksonville Florida, just south of the cone. Many citizens are in a frenzy about this, but this part of the world has been getting hurricanes like this for. millions. of. years. I remember a movie called “Cape Fear” from 1962 (starring Robert Mitchum) about nefarious dealings during a commonplace hurricane hitting exactly where Florence is going to landfall. This is not new.

    My main concern is what’s coming behind Florence. . . we’ll see. We evacuated in 2016 and 2017. Power was down for a week, no water supply, etc. We stayed away. When we returned, just some tree limbs down and a bit of residential siding to replace. People choose to live in coastal areas for the advantages. We’re 20 minutes from a pretty nice Atlantic beach. There are, however downsides. Hurricanes and very vibrant insect life.

    It will be fine.

    • Athelstan permalink
      September 13, 2018 5:56 pm

      I must say that, I find your sangfroid is a tonic to all the doomsayers – me included!

      😉 Good luck, be safe.

  8. steve permalink
    September 13, 2018 2:14 pm

    Well the BBC lunchtime news was certainly bigging it up. “One of the most powerful storms in decades” was the opening line. lost count of the number of times the word catastrophic was used. no mention that it was downgraded to a Cat 2.
    Of course it is still powerful and I sincerely hope everyone out there stays safe, but the BBC almost seem to be willing it to cause massive damage and endanger lives.

    • September 13, 2018 2:51 pm

      Here’s the potential problem, or one of them:
      The reason the storm still holds so much danger, despite its lower category classification, is its massive size, experts say. As the category decreases, so does the storm’s speed, meaning it will linger over some areas for days, lengthening the time period for damage such as flooding.

      • September 13, 2018 4:02 pm

        There is absolutely no evidence that Florence is unusually large, or will dump unusually large amounts of rainfall,

      • MrGrimNasty permalink
        September 13, 2018 5:38 pm

        The BBC and the alarmists just switch the hyperbole to factoids and conjecture when real world events fail to go the way that they originally predicted (hoped). Remember, ‘record’ sea temperatures were going to have Florence increasing to Cat ‘6’ by landfall!

      • JimW permalink
        September 14, 2018 10:47 am

        Looks like the same as Irma, the eye wall will collapse when it hits land and go from Cat 1 to tropical storm. Still loads of local flooding and damage.
        Perspective required. In 2011 Hurricane Bawbag hit Glasgow as Cat 1 on land. No deaths, little damage except trees and some chimney pots. Oh and they stopped running the double decker buses for a day, 70K lost power for 2 days. Difference is Scotland builds sea defences and houses with granite and brick, not paper mache, sorry ‘timber frame’.

  9. Terbrugghen permalink
    September 13, 2018 7:11 pm

    Hurricane coming to the British Isles?

    • Algicasi permalink
      September 13, 2018 9:21 pm

      Just a bit of an autumn breeze – unless Helene skips into the Bay of Biscay to re-energise as in ‘87!

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