Hurricane Florence undergoes major change

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Binman4OSU

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as of 20 min ago it has jumped 2 categories on the Saffir-Simpson scale and has been upgraded from a Cat 1 to a Cat 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 130mph +

It was a Category 1 hurricane yesterday with 75mph winds. The 55mph sustained wind increase means it is categorized as a rapid intensification which is rare and hurricanes are only given this designation if the wind speeds sustained increase by 35mph or more in 24 hrs or less.

Only 1 to 2 storms per year actually get a rapid intensification classification as there are many different variables that must be in place for a storm to increase so quickly.
 
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Having dealt with a major flood event last year, I don't envy them at all. Most building codes are now set for 125 mph along the coast. This will be devastating from storm surge and wind. Looks to be coming in just north of Georgia/South Carolina border.
 
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Having dealt with a major flood event last year, I don't envy them at all. Most building codes are now set for 125 mph along the coast. This will be devastating from storm surge and wind. Looks to be coming in just north of Georgia/South Carolina border.
Pretty much a direct hit on Charleston? Yikes, I have family there.
 

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South Carolina Gov McMaster has ordered an evacuation of the entire Coast ahead of the Hurricane.

Current projection to make landfall on Thursday with 140-150mph winds.

Current weather tracks of possible landing zones

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The National Hurricane Center is currently predicting a Cat 4 landfall just north of the North Carolina/South Carolina border

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Florence is now officially the furthest North a Category 4 Hurricane has been recorded that is of that strength AND East of Longitude 50 W on record dating back to 1851 per the National Weather Center at the Univ of Oklahoma

https://twitter.com/hurricanetrack/status/1038908766878613505
 

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Latest update just released on this storm. Still gaining in strength. Sustained winds up to 140mph now

Storm has doubled in size in last 12 hours. Storm is currently 400-450 miles wide

Possible it may reach Cat 5 late tonight or tomorrow...still projected to make landfall as a Cat 4

NOAA weather prediction center warning of some local areas getting 20-30" of rain and storm surge of up to 20ft.

Latest track has pushed it a little further North and East

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When there's a hurricane in the southeastern part of the country we generally have nice weather in Oklahoma. Sucks all the moisture away from us I think.
 

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When there's a hurricane in the southeastern part of the country we generally have nice weather in Oklahoma. Sucks all the moisture away from us I think.
Well the problem with that this time is there is a second system, Joyce which is likely to be hurricane at landfall, that is about to hit south Texas and could roll right up to us with rain.
 

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When there's a hurricane in the southeastern part of the country we generally have nice weather in Oklahoma. Sucks all the moisture away from us I think.
Here in Stillwater this morning it is cloudy, a little humid, and nice and cool

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There are 16 Nuclear power reactors in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia expected to be impacted to varying degrees by this Hurricane. All have started making preps for it.

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Atlanta office said yesterday that Nuke plants in Brunswick and Harris NC are currently in the direct path and if it turns a little North could include a 3rd plant of Surry in VA

Duke Energy which operates most of the plants in the Carolina's warned today that it could take several days to several weeks to restore power to all their customers after Florence depending on the extent of the damage their Nuke plants receive. Duke Power serves over 4 million people in NC and SC and said this will be a historic event they expect to impact every one of their customers

Duke Energy said after the 2011 Tsunami event in Fukushima Nuclear Plant they have upgraded all of their nuclear facilities by installing more safety equipment and purchased more portable pumps and generators to keep the reactor cool should a catastrophic event occur.

Duke said they will shut down all their reactors that will be impacted by the Hurricane 12 hours before the storm arrives