Hurricanes Isaac and Florence continue to pose problems for Caribbean countries
Hurricanes Isaac and Florence continue to pose problems for Caribbean countries
Hurricane Florence Strengthens, Poses Major Threat to Southeast and Mid-Atlantic
12 September, 2018, 07:26
Maximum sustained winds are near 75 miles per hour.
As three powerful storms march one by one across the Atlantic Ocean toward the U.S. East Coast and the Caribbean, a fourth is getting ready to roll over the Hawaiian Islands.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)- As Hurricane Florence churned toward an eventual Eastern Seaboard landfall, evacuations were imposed for parts of three East Coast states Tuesday and millions of Americans prepared for what could become one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the region in decades.
Florence could slam the Carolinas harder than any hurricane since Hazel, which hit in 1954 with 130 miles per hour (209 kph) winds.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles. The estimated minimum central pressure is 997 mb (29.44 inches). There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect for the storm.
A hurricane watch is in effect for Guadeloupe, Martinique and Dominica.
President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC, opening the way for federal aid.
Florence to become powerful hurricane Monday Over the weekend, the governors of Virginia, North Carolina and SC declared states of emergency, according to CNN . Forecasters had predicted between nine and 13 named storms this season, four to seven of them hurricanes.
Two other storms were spinning in the Atlantic. This will lead to several inches of rain.
For Central Florida, Florence will bring significant wave activity along our Atlantic coast, a risky high rip current threat and possible coastal erosion due to the crashing waves. "It is an extremely, dangerous, life-threatening, historic hurricane", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said. Maximum sustained winds have increased to 105 miles per hour. The storm is anticipated to move near of over the central Lesser Antilles on Thursday and into the eastern Caribbean Sea late Thursday night at near hurricane strength.
"Additional strengthening is expected over the next day or two", the NHC said, but it noted that the storm will likely weaken as it approaches the Lesser Antilles.
There is great uncertainty regarding Isaac, so we encourage you to check back often for updates.
CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward said the main threat will be flooding, with predictions of 5 to 10 inches, with isolated totals of 15 inches. Combined with high tides, the storm surge could swell as high as 12 feet. But the season is just now peaking, and Hurricanes Florence, Isaac, and Helene are a stark reminder that we are not out of the woods yet.
The United States was hit with a series of high-powered hurricanes past year, including Hurricane Maria, which killed about 3,000 people in Puerto Rico, and Hurricane Harvey, which killed 68 and caused an estimated $1.25 billion in damage from catastrophic flooding in Houston.
An area of showers and storms moving into the Gulf of Mexico will have a high chance of development (70%) by Thursday. Considering this southern state on the east coast lies super close to the stretch of the Atlantic that creates these hurricanes, they've seen quite a bit more of these disasters than their northern counterparts.
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