Tropical storm Florence will be upgraded to hurricane
Several states have declared a state of emergency as hurricane Florence will continue to stay the trip in the direction of the east coast.
Up and down in the Carolina’s, the residents are rushing to ready emergency kits, mapping evacuation routes and the security of their homes in preparation for the onslaught of the rain and the wind the rapid intensification of Hurricane Florence is expected to be later this week.
The National Hurricane Center said the Category 2 storm continues to gain strength over the Atlantic ocean, about 625 miles southeast of Bermuda with top winds of up to 85 km / h.
Drawing energy from the warm water, Florence would be a fearsome Category 4 with wind speeds of 130 km / h or more by Tuesday, and is expected to be a very dangerous major hurricane until Thursday.
“Someone’s going to suffer enormous damage, if this storm continues as it is currently forecast,” Miller, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Columbia, told The newspaper.
Hurricane #Florence update
• The increase of the risk of life-threatening effects: storm surge at coast, the floods in the interior
• Dangerous wind could move the trees & cause power outages
• Land in sight can be Do. If slows down after landing can lead to heavier rain & wind.
Stay tuned for #ncwx pic.twitter.com/YIN6OLA1KC
— NC Emergency Managem (@NCEmergency) September 10, 2018
Some forecast models show Florence could remove a foot or two of rain in places, causing devastating floods in the interior. Forecasters also warned of life-threatening storm surge, along with the damage from the wind.
“Although it is still too early to determine the exact timing, location and extent of these effects, the interest on the coast and the interior of South Carolina in the mid-Atlantic region should closely monitor the progress of Florence, make sure they have their hurricane plan and follow the advice of local officials,” the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said in its 5 am advisory.
The governors of North and South Carolina and Virginia declared states of emergency, far from land in sight.
Naval vessels from Virginia off the coast are getting set to sail out of the path of the powerful hurricane, while the University of North Carolina-Wilmington has cancelled classes and an upcoming alumni weekend, encouraging students to leave campus for a safer location.
Florence has also appeared to take aim for the largest U.S. Marine Corps base on the East Coast.
Camp Lejeune has an extensive beach, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and it is well within the National Hurricane Center forecast “cone.”
Camp Lejeune said in a statement that the insistence of the staff to prepare, open shelters on the base, if necessary.
Officials warn Florence could slow down or stall on or near the shore, possibly caused by devastating floods in the interior.
Here are the 5 PM EDT-Key Messages about the Hurricane #Isaac. Follow the latest information on https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/kDHHsOfNqr
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 10, 2018
“Pretend, assume, suppose that a large hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of South Carolina and goes away along the coast, in South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said. The state emergency management agency said it was “preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster.”
In the coast-Charleston, 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.
“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.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report
Edmund Initiative is a news editor for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @EDeMarche.