Florence Strengthens To Become A Hurricane

11 September, 2018, 10:46 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • Florence Strengthens To Become A Hurricane

The NHC said Sunday Florence has the potential to be a major, unsafe storm.

Spaghetti plots from hurricane forecast models and other weather forecast models show the likelihood of Florence making landfall in the United States is now significantly higher, with the cone narrowed on the Carolina's. Florence now has maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour, and gusts up to 140 miles per hour, making it a major hurricane capable of doing "devastating" damage.

- Hurricane Florence has continued to rapidly intensify, now reaching Category 4 storm strength as it closes in on the Carolinas. Both Monday and Tuesday are going to be umbrella weather.

Several meteorologists said Florence could do what Hurricane Harvey did over Texas, dumping days of rain, although not quite as bad. Additional strengthening is expected during the next day or so, but slow weakening should begin by late Tuesday.

The northern coast of SC and the Outer Banks of North Carolina are likely to be the areas most impacted by the storm, which could cause $15.32 billion in damage if it stays on its current five-day forecast track, said Chuck Watson, a disaster researcher at Enki Research in Savannah, Georgia.

The center of Florence was located about 685 miles (1,100 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda, the NHC in its 0300 GMT Monday advisory. It was moving west at 6 miles per hour.

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That means sustained winds of at least 130 miles per hour and expectations of catastrophic damage, the hurricane center says. North Carolina seems to be the state that could bear the brunt of the winds, along with SC and parts of southern Virginia .

The current forecast track predicts that Florence will approach the southeast USA coast on Thursday.

A Category 3 hurricane packs winds of between 111 and 129 miles per hour, the hurricane center said.

Florencewill probably create more wind than Hurricane Hugo and more water than Hurricane Matthew, McMaster warned.

Hurricane Florence is expected to move toward the U.S. East Coast this upcoming week with the potential of life-threatening flooding and gusty winds.

It warned people at the coast and inland from SC to the mid-Atlantic region to monitor the storm's progress closely and ensure they have a hurricane plan in place.

While the surf height at local beaches is estimated at just 3 feet Monday, the risk for life-threatening rip currents in the surf zone remains high.

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said his state was "in the bullseye" of the storm and urged people to "get ready now". SC emergency management officials said they were "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster".

"It is against the law to charge an excessive price during a state of emergency".

"Pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of South Carolina and is going to go way inshore", South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said. The statute will remain in effect until the state of emergency is lifted.

Cooper told residents on Monday to get ready to be without power for an extended period.

Meanwhile, the two other tropical storms in the Atlantic - Florence and Helen - are expected to become hurricanes today. And Virginia's governor ordered a mandatory evacuation for some residents of low-lying coastal areas.

Across the Southeast, people were urged to put together emergency supply kits, prepare their homes and research evacuation routes. You can find an article on how to prepare on the WHSV home page.

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Virginia's emergency operations chief, Jeffrey Stern, told reporters that residents should brace for "something that no one in Virginia has experienced in their lifetimes".

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