Florence predicted to strike the east coast as a major hurricane
Florence is expected to rapidly gain strength as it approaches the United States.
Hurricane Florence again his strength Sunday, weather officials predicted that it will change in a “major” storm, because it is for a possible hit in the southeast of the US. later in the week.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Florence, “forecast for a major hurricane on Monday,” and is expected to grow larger and move faster in the next few days.
After 5 pm, Sunday, Florence was centered about 720 miles south-southeast of Bermuda and moving at seven kilometers per hour. The storm crossed the 74-mile-per-hour threshold from tropical storm to hurricane Sunday morning and by the evening the winds were up to 85 km / h. Forecasters warned that it is a fearsome Category 4 with wind speeds of 130 km / h or more by the Tuesday.
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The hurricane center said it was still too early to know what the path of the storm will take, but that it could hit the coast of south Carolina on Friday.
“There is a growing risk of two life-threatening consequences of Florence: the storm surge on the coast and the water flood of a prolonged heavy rainfall event in the inland,” the Miami-based center said in the advisory.
This enhanced satellite image provided by NOAA shows Tropical Storm Florence, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 at 2:45 pm EDT.
(NOAA via AP)
Meteorologists warned that the “large swells” hitting Bermuda and the east coast will be continued during the week, which “will result in life-threatening surf and rip currents.”
Forecasters urged residents of South Carolina to the mid-Atlantic to be ready — and not only for a direct blow against the coast. She warned that Florence could slow down or stall after coming ashore, with some forecast models show could unload a foot or two of rain in places, causing devastating floods in the interior.
The governors of North and South Carolina, along with Virginia, have declared states of emergency in preparation for the storm.
Tropical Storm Florence is expected to strengthen quickly
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster stressed Saturday that there was no way to know when and where the storm will hit land, or when evacuations might be called.
“We are preparing for the worst and of course hope for the best. Being prepared is always the best strategy,” McMaster said.
In Charleston, S. C., along the coast, city officials offered sandbags to residents. Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune people protect their home, but said it was still too early to know whether evacuations will be ordered.
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Myrtle Beach diy stores and supermarkets were busy ringing up the sale of bottled water, plywood and generators.
“Literally, they fill the buggies full of water, shopping carts full of water,” Ryan Deeck, grocery department manager at Walmart, told The Sun News. “They’re coming in and buying water, and plates, and that is about everything they buy.”
North Carolina officials began bulldozers and chainsaws ready.
Here are the main messages on the Storm #Florence by 5pm CET). Florence is expected to be a major hurricane tomorrow, and there is an increasing risk of storm surge flooding, freshwater flooding from heavy rain when the hurricane is approaching the US pic.twitter.com/SqfUHdFCvE
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 9, 2018
Florence effects are already being felt along the coast, with dangerous swells and rip currents in some spots. On North Carolina’s Outer Banks, the city of the Head, Nags posted no-swimming flags on the beaches.
In Jacksonville, N. C., about 20 miles from the coast, some residents picked up hurricane supplies during their normal weekend shopping, The Daily News reported. Ilija Cesal told the newspaper that he did not have to worry about buying extra water or other supplies for a few days.
“I’ll see you Wednesday how that goes — we have more than 48 hours before that happens,” Cesal said.
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The U.S. Navy, said in a press release Saturday, officials are preparing this weekend for the ships in the vicinity of Hampton Roads Va. to leave port to avoid storm damage. The plans may change if projections indicate a decrease of the force or the change in the track of the storm.
Florence briefly became a Category 4 hurricane last week, the first of the 2018 Atlantic season. Later weakened to a tropical storm after encountering strong wind shear and cooler water.
Meanwhile, two other storms — Helene and Isaac were following behind Florence in the Atlantic ocean, but the storm was expected that the less of a threat to the U.S., forecasters said. Tropical Storm Helene is expected to be a hurricane in the next few days.
Fox News’ Katherine Lamb and Frank Km, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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