Intensifying Hurricane Florence could strike U.S. Southeast

11 September, 2018, 09:42 | Author: Emilio Conner
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That means, she said, that the Wilmington region is going to be affected by what she said is going to be a major hurricane that could reach category 4 strength, which means maximum sustained winds of 130 to 156 miles per hour. According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm is expected to be a "large and extremely risky hurricane" when it arrives on the US coast.

As of 5 a.m. EDT, Florence was centered about 625 miles (1,005 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda, moving west at 9 mph (15 kph). The storm is expected to pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Over the weekend, the governors of Virginia, North Carolina and SC declared states of emergency, according to CNN.

We here in North Carolina are bracing for a hard hit. "A few moments later, #Isaac & the outer bands of #Helene were also visible, "Arnold tweeted, referring to two other hurricanes swirling to the east of Hurricane Florence".

"There is an increasing risk of life-threatening impacts from Florence", the hurricane center has been saying for days. Emergency officials say they're keeping a close eye on the forecast and where to move resources to respond to the storm.

Authorities anxious about the storm's potential to unleash prolonged torrential rains and widespread flooding across several states, especially if it lingers inland for several days.

Here's another look at the projected path showed the center of the storm hitting near the North Carolina cities of Raleigh, Charlotte, and Greensboro.

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Freshwater flooding is to expected across the Carolinas and into the Mid-Atlantic States as rainfall in excess of 20 inches will be possible.

Hurricanes Isaac, which could hit Caribbean islands, and Helene, much farther out to sea, lined up behind Florence as the 2018 Atlantic season reached its peak.

In Guam, Typhoon Mangkhut - a Category 4 storm - narrowly missed dealing a direct blow to the island. "Whipping out store shelves of water and other supplies".

A storm surge is created by winds of a hurricane pushing ocean water toward the coast.

"I'll see by Wednesday how that goes - we got over 48 hours before that happens", Cesal said. It was picking up speed over the Atlantic's warm waters, causing concerns about landfall and flooding from heavy rains afterward, possibly late Thursday or Friday. The state's emergency management agency said it is "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster".

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster estimated about one million residents were under orders to evacuate the coast of his state.

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