Florence becomes hurricane, threatens southeast USA coast

Olive Hawkins
September 9, 2018

And computer models increasingly are showing it could be dangerously close to the United States late Thursday. A turn toward the west-northwest is forecast to occur by Monday. "If I was living on the East Coast, I would start making plans now in case I had to go somewhere fast". "We are mobilizing the state's resources to make sure we are prepared, and the people of SC must not hesitate to prepare for the possibility of a hurricane impacting our coast".

Florence could cause unsafe surf and rip currents along parts of the U.S. East Coast this weekend as the storm swirls across the Atlantic, according to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center.

The current forecast track brings Florence on approach to the southeast US coast on Thursday as a major and powerful hurricane.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division tweeted Sunday that officials there are "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster".

Cooper also urged people to learn what evacuation routes to take, and put fuel in their vehicles in case they're ordered to leave.

The U.S. Fleet Forces Command said in a news release yesterday that the ships will get ready in anticipation of getting underway tomorrow to avoid storm damage.

The Miami-based weather center said although the storm could intensify to a Category 4 hurricane by midweek, its path was still unclear.

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Florence is moving toward the west near 6 miles per hour (9 km/h), and this general motion was expected to continue on Sunday.

The storm is expected to undergo rapid intensification beginning on Sunday night, and will likely become a major hurricane by Monday.

"The risk of other direct impacts associated with Florence along the US East Coast next week has increased".

According to the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center, Florence has strengthened back into a hurricane as it continues its jaunt west.

All government services will remain in operation tomorrow as Hurricane Florence passes to the south of the island. A Category 4 storm packs winds of 130 miles per hour (209 kph) or more and has the potential for catastrophic damage.

According to the NHC, at 5:00 am the center of Tropical Storm Isaac was located near latitude 14.5 North, longitude 38.1 West. The eight weeks around that date often are prime time for the conditions that fuel powerful storms.

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