Hurricane Florence: 'Big and vicious' storm closes in on Carolinas

12 September, 2018, 04:12 | Author: Jacqueline Daniels
  • Three storms churned in the Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 8 2018.               National Hurricane Center

An increase in forward speed is expected over the next couple of days. That Category 4 storm destroyed 15,000 buildings and killed 19 people in North Carolina.

We earlier reported on Hurricane Florence, which was initially feared may head towards Europe, but while the exact path of the storm is still not determined, it has lead to several states on the east coast of America to declare a state of emergency in preparation for the storm making landfall there. Florence is expected to remain an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday.

The main concern continues to be Florence as the hurricane will be a direct threat to the US later this week.

Warm Atlantic Ocean waters are adding to Florence's strength, and computer models predict that the storm will make landfall Thursday in North Carolina or SC as a major hurricane.

As of 11 a.m. EDT on Monday, Florence has been upgraded to a Category 4 storm.

The National Hurricane Center's projected track for Hurricane Florence, as of 11 a.m. on September 11, 2018.

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US President Donald Trump has canceled a political rally planned for Friday in Jackson, Mississippi, over safety concerns related to Florence, his campaign said.

In addition, the National Hurricane Center said that it will likely issue watches for "life-threatening storm surge" across three states. It will then turn north-northwest on Wednesday and Thursday. "It's going to destroy homes", said Jeff Byard, an official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Hurricane Isaac was expected to lose strength as it reaches the Caribbean, and Helene, much farther out to sea, may veer northward into the open ocean as the 2018 hurricane season reaches its peak.

The Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in its latest bulletin said that hurricane watches had gone into effect for Dominica, Martinique, and Guadeloupe, while a tropical storm watch is in effect for Antigua and Barbuda and Montserrat. It took Matheson and her husband almost the whole day Monday to drive the 60 miles off the barrier island.

"Life-threatening freshwater flooding is likely from a prolonged and exceptionally heavy rainfall event, which may extend inland over the Carolinas and Mid Atlantic for hundreds of miles as Florence is expected to slow down as it approaches the coast and moves inland".

Florence could hit the Carolinas harder than any hurricane since Hazel packed 130 miles per hour winds in 1954.

'Extremely Dangerous' Florence On Track to Hit East Coast As Major Hurricane
This is a life-threatening situation for those along the North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia coastlines. As of 11 a.m., Florence was centered about 580 miles south-southeast of Bermuda, moving west at 13 mph.

With September fulfilling the promises of peak hurricane season, residents are reminded to take the appropriate precautions for hurricane season - such as having emergency kits ready and knowing your hurricane plan - even if the storms are not now projected to hit Northwest Florida.

Tropical-storm-force wind probabilities from Tuesday through Sunday.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said his state is "in the bull's-eye" and urged people to "get ready now".

The U.S. Navy is also taking precautions, with the U.S. Fleet Forces Command ordering almost 30 ships in the Hampton Roads area of the Virginia coast to head out to sea to avoid the storm. It uses average forecast errors of the last five years to predict a storm's path, said Dennis Feltgen of the center. With winds of 75 miles per hour, it's expected to strengthen a bit before weakening as it approaches the Lesser Antilles on Thursday and Friday.

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