Tropical Storm Florence is expected to strengthen quickly
Florence predicted to strengthen into a category four hurricane as it approaches the east coast of the United States.
Florence strengthens into a hurricane Sunday and is expected to “rapidly intensify into a major storm as it continues its way to the east coast in the coming days.
Florence could hit the southeastern u.s. coast late this week as a Category 3 or higher and bring on life-threatening consequences.
Tropical Storm Florence is expected to strengthen to hurricane
“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 country,” the National Hurricane Center said in an update at 11 a.m.
“However, given the uncertainty in the track and the intensity of the projections in this time varies, it is still too early to determine the exact timing, location and extent of these effects,” the center reported.
Here are the 11 AM EDT Key Messages for the Hurricane #Florence. There is an increasing risk of life-threatening hazards from storm surge and the heavy rainfall of the Carolinas in the mid-Atlantic region later this week https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/cAQTyasGE9
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 9, 2018
Florence continues to move west at 6 km / h with maximum sustained winds at 75 mph. The storm is predicted to travel between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday for approaching the mainland on Thursday. Large swells are expected in Bermuda and parts of the East Coast that could cause life-threatening surf and rip currents.
TROPICAL STORM FLORENCE DIRECTIONS NORTH AND SOUTH CAROLINA TO DECLARE STATES OF EMERGENCY AS IT APPROACHES THE EAST COAST
The officials in the Carolina’s, as well as Virginia, began preparations on Friday for the storm is the potentially large impact.
The state of emergency was proclaimed in South Carolina, and Virginia to give officials and residents sufficient time to prepare themselves for Florence as it hits the environment. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency on Friday and urged residents to use the weekend to prepare.
“We are entering the peak of the hurricane season and we know well, the unpredictability and the power of these storms,” Cooper said.
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.
An enhanced satellite image provided by NOAA shows Tropical Storm Florence, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday.
(NOAA via AP)
The U.S. Navy, said in a press release Saturday, officials are preparing this weekend for the ships in the area Hampton Roads 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.
HURRICANE FLORENCE STRENGTHENS IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN: TIPS TO PREPARE FOR THE STORM
Florence is 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’ Elizabeth Zwirz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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