Florence to bring LIFE THREATENING storm surge

National Hurricane Center director Ken Graham said: "This one really scares me". The biggest risks from Hurricane Florence may not come from wind, but from the associated rainfall.

A special NY task force is heading south to help with Hurricane Florence. As of midday on Tuesday, Florence remains a powerful category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour.

At the time of this writing using the latest information from the NWS, the storm is 651 kilometers (405 miles) south of Bermuda.

It is forecast to make landfall in the southeastern states of North or SC on Thursday. Their maximum storm surges were 15 to 20 feet and 18 to 20 feet, respectively. "All you have to do is look up at your ceiling, and think about 12ft [of water]". Massive waves from the hurricane will make the rush of water even more risky and damaging, the National Hurricane Center warned.

Hurricane and Storm Surge Watches have been issued for the east coast of the United States from Edisto Beach, South Carolina northward to the North Carolina-Virginia border, including the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds. Now is the time to get prepared to make sure your family is safe. "This is going to be catastrophic in parts of eastern North Carolina". That means, she said, that the Wilmington region is going to be affected by what she said is going to be a major hurricane that could reach category 4 strength, which means maximum sustained winds of 130 to 156 miles per hour.

To the north, most of Maryland is in the 4-10-inch range.

McMaster yesterday said as many as a million people could leave the coast.

"As this weather system moves westward across the tropics, warm ocean air rises into the storm, forming an area of low pressure underneath", the NOAA adds. Combined with high tides, the storm surge could swell as high as 12 feet.

Coastal areas are likely to experience storm surges and the hurricane may dump heavy rains across the entire mid-Atlantic region, causing unsafe floods.

"This is going to produce heavy rainfall, and it may not move very fast. The simplest answer is go to higher ground and inland", he said. Ryan Moser, a spokesman for the North Carolina-based electricity company Duke Energy, said operators would begin shutting down nuclear plants at least two hours before hurricane-force winds arrive.

All signs pointed to a stronger, slower, wider and wetter hurricane in the days ahead, forecasters said. So it may shift over the coming days, but if predictions hold, Florence is set to be the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in North Carolina since Hurricane Hugo tore through the state in 1989. It's possible it could become a Category 5 storm.

Predictions that Florence will slow to a crawl and linger for days with its torrential downpours is raising the specter of Hurricane Harvey which hit Houston, Texas with what can only be described as "Biblical" rains past year -50 inches or more.