Hurricane Florence: Governor Carney Urges Delaware Residents To Prepare For Storm

10 September, 2018, 19:21 | Author: Emilio Conner
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Hurricane Florence is intensifying and expected to transform into a major hurricane as it barrels toward the southeastern USA coast, where forecasters expect a life-threatening storm surge, major flooding and damaging winds this week.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) say: "additional strengthening is forecast during the next few days and Isaac could become a hurricane by Monday".

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper also urged his state's residents to get ready, noting the storm already was generating swelling waves and risky currents along the coast.

Landfall could be made between SC and North Carolina on Thursday, according to NHC predictions.

As of 11 p.m. Saturday, Florence had maximum sustained winds of 70 mp and was located about 790 miles southeast of Bermuda.

Based off the latest forecast track from the NHC, Florence will approach the southeast US coast by Thursday.

"These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip currents", the hurricane center said.

Hurricane Helene, upgraded from a tropical storm Sunday afternoon, had winds clocked at 75 miles per hour.

As of Sunday evening, there are two hurricanes and one tropical storm in the Atlantic Ocean.

While there is potential for tropical storm force winds in the Valley, the biggest threat by far here would be flooding.

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Florence is moving toward the west near 6 miles per hour (9 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue today.

Forecasters also cautioned that Hurricane Florence will "remain an extremely risky hurricane" as it tracks towards the mainland U.S.

Landfall somewhere in the Carolinas will be Thursday evening, possibly as a Category 4 storm.

"Make your plans now", South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster urged residents during a Sunday afternoon news conference.

It will likely become a major hurricane within the next day or two.

No impacts are expected in Northwest Florida yet, but locals and visitors should remain vigilant as we enter the most active part of hurricane season.

Isaac's strengthening to a hurricane came just hours after Helene became a hurricane just off the African coast.

Officials in North Carolina are already bracing for impact.

"While our state is not under any current weather advisories, in Florida, we know how quickly a major storm can shift its path", he said in a statement.

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