How should you prepare for Hurricane Florence? | Don't Miss This

11 September, 2018, 10:46 | Author: Angel Logan
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Hurricane Florence forecasts are increasingly pointing towards the possibility of a landfall somewhere on the USA east coast, with model spread now indicating anywhere the Carolina's as the likely landfall spot, while intensity guidance still shows Florence regaining major hurricane status.

"There is an increasing risk of life-threatening impacts from Florence: storm surge at the coast, freshwater flooding from a prolonged and exceptionally heavy rainfall inland and damaging hurricane-force winds", a 5 a.m. advisory said. A Category 4 storm packs winds of 130 miles per hour (209 kph) or more and has the potential for catastrophic damage.

U.S. President Donald Trump, whose administration was criticized as being slow to respond to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico a year ago, canceled a political rally planned for Friday in Jackson, Mississippi, over safety concerns related to Florence, his campaign said. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.

"You never know, there could be tree missiles coming from any direction", she said.

"The Storms in the Atlantic are very risky", President Trump said. Swells up to eight feet high could also begin hitting the Atlantic coasts in the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Turks and Caicos this evening.

Below is the spaghetti model for Hurricane Florence.

All government services will remain in operation today as Hurricane Florence passes to the south of the island. No hurricane has made landfall as a Category 5 in this region on record.

Trump tweeted Monday afternoon that the federal government was monitoring the storm and was ready to help.

As of noon EDT, Florence was centered about 575 miles (925 kilometers) south-southeast of Bermuda, moving west at 13 mph (20 kph). It's possible that by the time you read this, Isaac will also be a hurricane.

At least 250,000 more were due to be evacuated from the northern Outer Banks on Tuesday, along with some coastal Virginia residents.

S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster was poised to announce a mandatory evacuation of the SC coast on Monday. State offices and schools would also be closed in the affected counties, lawmakers said. Gov. Ralph Northam ordered a mandatory evacuation to begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday for 245,000 people in parts of the Hampton Roads area and the Eastern shore.

Florence reached Category 3 earlier Monday and quickly gained intensity over warm Atlantic waters. The center warns that such storms will snap or uproot most trees and down power poles and that power can be out in some areas for weeks or months.

On its current forecast track, Florence would move over the southwestern Atlantic between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and approach the southeastern USA coast on Thursday.

Further strengthening is expected, as Florence moves toward North and SC, where it could unleash its fury as the most powerful storm to hit the region in three decades.

A hurricane hunter plane found Florence strengthening quickly, reaching top winds of 105 miles per hour Monday morning after crossing the 74 miles per hour threshold from tropical storm to a hurricane on the day. Florence is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

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

The first effects of what forecasters are already calling a large and extremely risky hurricane were already being seen on barrier islands Monday as unsafe rip currents and seawater flowed over the state highway.

"This is very scary rain event potentially setting up this week", Rossi said. Forecast models suggest that more than two feet of rain could fall over the higher elevations of the Carolinas and Virginia, which would generate unsafe flooding downstream.

"Everyone in North Carolina needs to keep a close eye on Florence and take steps now to get ready for impacts later this week", Cooper said in a statement on Sunday. The Weather Channel warned of a "disastrous" level of flooding for parts of the area.

"The chances of it going out to sea are extremely slim at this point", she said.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division tweeted Sunday that officials there are "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster".

The governors of Virginia, North Carolina and SC have all declared states of emergency. "This is why there can be strong storms lingering into October". "The best safety plan is preparation and common sense".

Both Tropical Storm Isaac and Tropical Storm Helene are expected to reach hurricane strength but neither is considered a threat to Bermuda.

Hurricane Isaac - which late Sunday became the fifth hurricane of the season - is heading west towards the Caribbean.

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