Hurricane Florence fast facts: Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane as it approaches the U.S. East Coast Storm is forecast to be "an extremely dangerous major hurricane when it nears the U.S. coast late Thursday and Friday," the National Hurricane Center (NHC) says As of 11 p.m. ET, the NHC says Florence was centered about 280 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and about 325 miles east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It's moving at about 17 mph with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph Storm's center will "approach the coast of North Carolina or South Carolina in the hurricane warning area Thursday and Friday, and move slowly near the coastline through Saturday," the NHC says The track has shifted somewhat south and west, throwing Georgia into peril as Florence moves inland More than 10 million residents in North and South Carolina and Virginia are under a storm watch or warning; 5.25 million people are under hurricane … [Read more...] about Hurricane Florence weakens to Category 2 storm as it heads toward East Coast
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Hurricane Florence is whirling off the East Coast of the US with winds reaching 140 miles per hour. Already, mandatory evacuations are planned for communities lining the coast from South Carolina to Virginia, according to CNN. The storm is expected to only get stronger, the National Hurricane Center said in its latest update at 5PM ET: “Florence is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane through Thursday.” That’s unusual, for a storm to be so intense so far north, says Marshall Shepherd, director of the University of Georgia’s atmospheric sciences program and former president of the American Meteorological Society. Warm water feeds a hurricane’s strength — and ocean temperatures typically drop as you move further up the map, Shepherd says. That’s not happening with Florence, though, which has been gaining strength and is anticipated to stall and drop massive amounts of rain over the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic, much like … [Read more...] about Why Hurricane Florence is so intense for a storm this far north
TAMPA, Fla. -- Concerns about Subtropical Storm Alberto have lead to the shut down of the second and final day of the Sunset Music Festival at Raymond James Stadium, officials said.The decision to cancel the music festival was made by the Tampa Sports Authority in partnership with the Tampa Police Department and Tampa Fire Rescue, according to a statement from the SMF Team.The release cited concerns about a forecast of heavy rains and high winds associated with the subtropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico west of the Tampa Bay area.The cancellation "was based on the fact Sunday's weather poses a serious risk to the health, safety and welfare of Sunset Music Festival attendees," the release said."Additionally, a Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the Tampa area and Florida's Governor Scott has declared a State of Emergency. The safety of our attendees, staff, artists, partners and community is always our number one priority."The festival is an annual Memorial Day Weekend … [Read more...] about Last day of Sunset Music Festival at Raymond James Stadium canceled due to Subtropical Storm Alberto
In his late 40s, with an average build and short, dark hair flecked with gray, Olson has lived in Prattsville all his life. Soft-spoken almost to the point of shyness, he delivers mail for a living, and cannot help but know most everyone in town. Until 2011 Olson primarily associated flooding with cold weather. When he was young, the Schoharie Creek — a gentle tributary of the Mohawk River that runs along Main Street, past the firehouse — used to jam with ice, forcing water onto the road. On such occasions, the fire department had often helped pump out waterlogged basements. He suspected that Sunday might be similar. Olson woke around 6:30AM at his home in the hills above town. He got in his Dodge Ram 3500 pickup, a 2006 model that would not survive the day, and drove down to the station, where he monitored the creek. Rain fell hard and warm through the humid air. Though he felt no panic, at 8AM, he decided to man the firehouse, sounding its alarm to summon to duty roughly … [Read more...] about We’re bad at tracking deadly storms, but New York has a new way to see them coming
The monster “bomb cyclone” that hammered the US East Coast this week made it snow in places that are rarely coated in white: Savannah, Georgia got some 1.2 inches of snow, making records; while Charleston, South Carolina got 5.3 inches on January 3rd, the city’s third-snowiest day on record. So how is snowfall measured exactly? It’s trickier than you might think — and it’s still largely done manually with pretty rudimentary equipment. When snow falls, it’s blown by the wind all over the place, and once it’s fallen, snow tends to compact under its own weight — or melt if the Sun starts shining. So the US National Weather Service actually has pretty precise guidelines for how to measure snow. These guidelines are followed by so-called observers at airports and weather forecast offices, as well as by the nearly 9,000 (trained) volunteers who take measurements daily in farms, towns, cities, and national parks all across the US. … [Read more...] about How do we tell how much snow fell in a storm?