Sunday, 18 November, 2018

CATEGORY 4: Hurricane Florence Rapidly Intensifies Into Major Hurricane

Florence is now a hurricane, McMaster advises prep for Florence intensifies; landfall across North Carolina becomes more likely
Andrew Wong | 12 September, 2018, 05:27

American and Southwest airlines are preparing for travel disruptions later this week as Hurricane Florence bears down on the East Coast, with travel advisories being issued Monday that allow passengers to switch their flights to avoid the storm's path.

The largest threat to life from hurricanes is not the high winds, officials said, noting that flooding is the deadliest result of these storms.

Where is the hurricane now?

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles. As data on the storm grows more and more ominous-it will likely be a Category 4 hurricane at least and at this point seems unlikely to blow out to sea-mandatory evacuation orders have already been issued, and Virginia, North Carolina, and SC have preemptively declared states of emergency, ahead of an anticipated landfall that won't occur until roughly Thursday night.

Florence is one of three hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean, along with Helene and Isaac. Florence is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

Forecasters say Florence will pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and start its approach to the US on Thursday morning.

What else should I know?

"The forecast places North Carolina in the bull's-eye of Hurricane Florence, and the storm is rapidly getting stronger", he said.

South Carolina's state emergency management agency said on Sunday that it is "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster". Those two states, as well as Virginia, have declared a state of emergency while they prepare.

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"Let me be clear: North Carolina is taking Hurricane Florence seriously and you should too", Mr Cooper said at a news conference. As of mid-day on Monday, Florence was located more than 1,200 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving to the west.

Holden Beach, North Carolina, was in the storm's path, according to forecasts on Monday.

In an earlier update, officials said Florence's winds could reach 150 mph over the next 36 hours. And heavy rains could cause flooding inland for days after landfall. More evacuation orders are likely to come. Since reliable record-keeping began more than 150 years ago, North Carolina has been hit by only one Category 4 hurricane: Hazel, with 130 miles per hour winds, in 1954.

He says coastal and low-lying areas are of particular concern, as well as parts of the state that already have received substantial rainfall over the last few days.

Meanwhile, two other storms were also spinning in the Atlantic. She grew up on the shore, and says this will be only the second time she's evacuated.

National Hurricane Center's latest report shows Hurricane Florence has intensified into category 4 hurricane on Monday.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster told up to one million residents of the state's eastern coast to leave their homes ahead of the powerful storm's arrival on Thursday.

The U.S. military said it was sending an advance team to Raleigh, North Carolina, to coordinate with federal and state partners.

It would be the first Category 3 or higher storm to hit the East Coast since Hurricane Jeanne struck Florida in 2004.

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