‘Extremely dangerous’ Hurricane Florence is now packing winds of 220 km/h
14 September, 2018, 06:00 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
Expected to make landfall by early morning Friday, most likely along the coast of North Carolina, the impact of the Category 4 storm will be widespread, with destructive winds, life-threatening storm surge, unsafe surf, torrential rainfall, flooding and the potential for tornadoes.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster ordered a mandatory evacuation of most of the state's coast beginning at noon on Tuesday.
Then, as the high-pressure system steering Florence weakens, the hurricane is expected to hang out inland for days, showering the region with rain much like Hurricane Harvey did to Houston a year ago.
Should Florence make landfall as a Category 4, it would be the first Category 4 hurricane since Hazel in 1954 to hit North Carolina.
"It just kind of hits you in the gut when you see this thing strengthening and know that the forecast is calling for it to come in as such a strong storm", he told CNN on Monday after his third flight.
Overnight, Florence went through an "eyewall replacement cycle", senior hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart said in an update from the hurricane center on Tuesday. "It will bring extreme wind damage and surge damage".
At 2 a.m. ET, Hurricane Florence was 625 miles southeast of Cape Fear, NC, packing maximum-sustained winds of 140 mph and moving to the west-northwest at 17 mph, the National Hurricane Center in Miami reported. NY time. It's now 410 miles southeast of Bermuda.
It's relatively rare for D.C.to suffer significant effects from a hurricane. Insurance companies fell as the storm's power and path became clearer.
"To the incredible citizens of North Carolina, South Carolina and the entire East Coast - the storm looks very bad!"
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But climate scientists say one of the biggest threats posed by Florence is rain.
The center of the massive storm is forecast to make landfall along a stretch of coastline already saturated by rising seas and then meander Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Florence was producing large swells expected to reach from the northern Caribbean to the southern coasts of Canada's maritime provinces.
On Tuesday afternoon, data from an Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter aircraft showed that Florence's sustained winds had picked up in speed again, hovering close to 140 miles per hour. "That pine tree is going to wind up somewhere, maybe in someone's living room".
President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC, facilitating federal help, and canceled campaign events Thursday and Friday, citing the storm.
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According to the NHC, there is a chance that the Atlantic could have as many as five concurrent named storms in the next five days.
"While it is too soon to determine the exact timing, location and magnitude of these impacts, interest at the coast and inland from SC into the mid-Atlantic region should closely monitor the progress of Florence", said a NOAA statement. NY time bulletin. If Florence weakens enough to arrive as a Category 3 storm, it would likely be near the upper limit of that classification.
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