Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a category two storm as it approaches the US but officials still warn of a “disaster at the doorstep”.
Florence’s winds may have dropped to 110mph but its slow-moving nature could mean it lingers for days, bringing catastrophic flooding.
Florence may now be heading further south, and Georgia is the latest state to declare an emergency. It joins North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC.
Where is the Hurricane Now?
As of 05:00 Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday (09:00 GMT), Florence was 205 miles (330km) south-east of Wilmington in North Carolina, the latest National Hurricane Centre advisory says.
Forecasters have adjusted the predicted path of Florence. It is now expected to make landfall a little further south, on the Carolinas border on Thursday.
The hurricane’s wind speeds have fallen from a category 3 level of 111-129 mph to a category 2 level of 96-110 mph.
However, they are not expected to weaken further and the forward speed of the hurricane is also dropping, meaning it could linger near the coastline through to Saturday.
This means that torrential rainfall could last for significant periods and cause catastrophic flooding, including in inland areas such as Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia.
Up to 1.7 million people have been ordered to evacuate across South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.
Some 5.25 million people are under hurricane warning or watch, and another 4.9 million people are under storm warning or watch, Associated Press reported.
Impact on Transportation Services
Transportation services will be severely impacted – including all ocean vessels in and outbound from ports within Hurricane Florence’s path – including Charleston, Richmond, Norfolk, Savannah & Wilmington – together with inland container stations such as Raleigh, Greensboro, Greenville and Charlotte. Airports in the area will also be affected.
We would also anticipate significant disruption to road haulage services within the area.
In the Hurricane’s aftermath, we would expect further delays, as vessels, aircraft and vehicles are re-positioned, back into “rotations”.
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In the meantime, we hope that any clients residing in the affected area remain safe.
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