Hurricanes Off Both US Coasts Have 39 Airports On Alert

12 September, 2018, 05:27 | Author: Grady Montgomery
  • Wind speed projections for Tropical Storm Isaac courtesy the National Hurricane Centre

The center of Florence was forecast to sweep between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday before making its assault on the US coast.

"Regardless of where the storm makes landfall, all residents in Stanly should prepare for this hurricane", said Brian T. Simpson, director of emergency services.

Where is the hurricane now?

Forecasters say that the storm will take a west-northwestward motion and will increase its movement over the next several days.

SC governor Henry McMaster has ordered the evacuation of the entire 187-mile coastline of the Palmetto State, effective at noon on Tuesday, in anticipation of powerful Hurricane Florence approaching the east coast of the United States.

Predicting hurricane tracks is a hard science, and the NHC said there are still uncertainties about the storm's track.

Hurricane Florence is now at a Category 4.

Last night, The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's hurricane hunter has found that Florence is strengthening, and is forecast to become a major hurricane on Monday.

What else should I know?

The governors of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia have declared states of emergency.

"We are preparing for the worst, and of course hoping for the best", South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said.

"Red, no-swimming flags are flying, and everyone must stay out of the water", Dare County Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson said.

"North Carolina is taking Hurricane Florence seriously, and you should, too", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said, urging residents to prepare for lengthy power outages after the hurricane comes.

The storm has 115 mph winds and is located 580 miles south-southeast of Bermuda and is moving west at 13 mph.

While Florence is still hundreds of miles away from land, forecast models have the Cape Fear Region in the storm's cone of uncertainty.

"Once Florence moves inland, it's going to dump tremendous amounts of rain on the Carolinas and Virginia", Eck said. "Normally, a landfalling tropical cyclone just keeps on going inland, gradually dissipating and raining itself out". More evacuation orders are likely to come.

After blossoming into a hurricane yesterday, Florence strengthened further overnight into a Category 3 storm this morning with maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour. The storm is forecast to strengthen even more. Effects of the storm, however, will be realized earlier.

According to the noon-time update from the NHC, operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Florence now has sustained winds of almost 130 miles per hour and has no become what the agency considers "a major hurricane".

Florence could bring a life-threatening coastal storm surge, and inland flooding as far north as Virginia, the NHC said.

"We do not want to risk one SC life in this hurricane", Governor Henry McMaster said at a news conference. Troops have received ready to deploy orders for Virginia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Two other storms also are churning in the Atlantic.

"It's an extremely risky, life-threatening, historic hurricane. the forecast shows Florence stalling over North Carolina, bringing days and days of rain".


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