Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Sci-tech | By Laverne Osborne

Volvo halts production in SC as hurricane closes in

Volvo halts production in SC as hurricane closes in

After that point, it would be hard for people in the storm's path to either finish preparations or flee affected areas.

More than 20 inches (51 cm) of rainfall are possible across eastern North Carolina, said Don Keeney, senior agricultural meteorologist for weather forecaster Radiant Solutions. The storm's most likely landfall will be between northern SC and North Carolina's Outer Banks on Thursday.

The center reported late Tuesday night that Florence was roughly 670 miles east-southeast of Bald Head Island with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph. Tropical storm-force winds would extend almost 300 km across three states.

The forecasts for devastating rain and winds also had WH Group's Smithfield Foods, the largest US pork processor, planning to shut two of its North Carolina plants - including the world's biggest hog slaughterhouse.

As powerful Hurricane Florence crept closer to the southeastern United States on Tuesday, farmers in North Carolina rushed to harvest corn and tobacco and stock up on pig rations, while the danger of deadly flooding threatened a state where millions of farm animals are housed.

Landfall is expected late Thursday or early Friday, and on its current path the eye of the storm will pass near Wilmington and the southern beach towns.

A Category 4 storm has sustained winds from 130-156 miles per hour.

Last year, Harvey made landfall north of Corpus Christi, Texas, then stalled over the Houston area, dropping as much as 5 feet of rain across the metro area. Also, it is unlikely the Knights will be able to replace the North Carolina contest with another game as the Knights don't have a true open date. "We are expecting more wind than we had with Hugo and more water than we had with Matthew".

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After Florence makes landfall, that ridge, now over Washington and NY, will move east - but be replaced by another one forming over the Great Lakes that will likely keep the storm stuck, McNoldy said.

"Where else can we go?" "Florence is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 15 to 20 inches with isolated maxima to 30 inches near Florence's track over portions of North Carolina, Virginia and northern SC through Saturday". Some isolated areas could get 30in, forecasters said.

With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the Carolinas, University of North Carolina officials announced Tuesday that the UCF-UNC football game scheduled for Saturday in Chapel Hill, N.C. will not be played. "This rainfall may produce life-threatening flash flooding".

"That's good news and bad news", he said. That Category 4 storm destroyed 15,000 buildings and killed 19 people in North Carolina.

National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham also warned that Florence is expected to linger once onshore, downing trees, knocking out electricity and causing widespread flooding. "Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months". If Florence weakens enough to arrive as a Category 3 storm, it would likely be near the upper limit of that classification.

Florence's growth from an ordinary tropical storm to a major hurricane had been well-forecasted since the cyclone originated from a strong tropical wave that emerged off the coast of Africa on August 30.

Helene is one of three major storms now swirling in the Atlantic. Tropical Storm Isaac is heading westward toward the central Lesser Antilles, but is a bit weaker, with Guadeloupe, Martinique and Dominica now under tropical storm, not hurricane, warnings.

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