Florence strengthens to Category 3 hurricane
Dangerous storm, the winds reached 115 km / h with gusts to 140 km / h as the hurricane feeds on warm Atlantic waters; Janice Dean tracks Storm Florence from the Fox Extreme Weather Center.
Hurricane Florence strengthens into a Category 4 storm Monday early afternoon, as it continued to rapidly intensify on its path in the direction of the Carolina’s and the Mid-Atlantic coast.
Up and down the coast, the inhabitants 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 that around 12 hours Monday that Florence was quickly strengthening into a major hurricane with sustained winds near 130 km / h. It is about 580 km southeast of Bermuda or about 1,240 miles from Cape Fear, N. C.
It is expected to remain an extremely dangerous major hurricane until Thursday.
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
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“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.
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.
Hurricane #Florence this morning, seen from the @Space_Station. A few moments later, #Isaac & the outer bands of #Helene were also visible. pic.twitter.com/WJQfS4au4m
— Ricky Arnold (@astro_ricky) September 10, 2018
“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.
In Norfolk, Virginia, the U.S. Navy has ordered can warships and submarines in the area to leave port ahead of Florence make of the landing. There are almost 30 ships in preparation to get underway from Norfolk Naval Station and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek.
“Our ships can better weather storms of this magnitude when they are underway,” said U.S. Fleet Forces Commander Adm. Christopher Grady, in a press release earlier this weekend.
Florence is also seem to aim at the largest US Marine Corps base on the east coast.
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
Camp Lejeune has an extensive beach about 50 miles 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.
Meanwhile, the University of North Carolina-Wilmington has cancelled classes and an upcoming alumni weekend, encouraging students to leave campus for a safer location.
Officials warn Florence could slow down or stall on or near the shore, possibly caused by devastating floods in the interior.
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“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.”
Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and the Associated Press contributed to this report
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