Hurricane Florence causing 85-mph winds, will become major hurricane Monday

Olive Hawkins
September 11, 2018

Its maximum sustained winds were at 105 miles per hour (165 kph). He described the storm as "extremely large and risky".

SC governor Henry McMaster called for a mandatory evacuation of all coastal counties beginning tomorrow at noon as the East Coast prepares for Hurricane Florence - a category 4 storm barreling towards the Southeastern United States. To the west, a tropical disturbance has developed over the northwest Caribbean Sea.

A hurricane hunter plane found Florence strengthening quickly, reaching top winds of 85 miles per hour (140 kph) Sunday evening after crossing the 74 miles per hour threshold from tropical storm to a hurricane earlier in the day.

Hurricane Florence is rapidly strengthening and is expected to hit the us east coast later this week as a major hurricane, according to the latest forecasted track.

"A big question on this track is how intense the storm remains over the Research Triangle area of North Carolina - Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill", Watson said.

Today, Florence was centred about 1,985 kilometres east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and moving west at 20 km/h.

The first effects of what forecasters are already calling a large and extremely unsafe hurricane were already being seen on barrier islands Monday as risky rip currents and seawater flowed over the state highway. "Flooding is the deadliest result of these storms", he added.

At noon on Monday, Hurricane Florence blew into a Category 4 classification, a level experts previously predicted wouldn't occur until later in the week.

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Florence strengthens 'rapidly,' now powerful Category 4 hurricane
National Hurricane Center says Isaac is a very small hurricane and its intensity could fluctuate as it approaches the Caribbean. North Carolina seems to be the state that could bear the brunt of the winds , along with SC and parts of southern Virginia.

The hurricane has already prompted mandatory evacuation orders in the Carolinas and Virginia.

It's not just North Carolina that is "taking Hurricane Florence seriously", either, in SC and Virginia residents have also declared states of emergency following the updates on the storm.

From the Carolinas to Virgina residents are doing what they can to prepare. In fact, there have only been four other hurricanes in our recorded history (since 1851) that have made landfall along the east coast north of Florida. Forecasters say that because of the size the storm is expected to attain, it will wreak havoc regardless of how strong its winds are.

The storm could bring heavy rainfall and localized flooding to the Lesser Antilles, Accuweather reported, as well as tree and power line damage.

Hurricane Helene is expected to turn north into the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Risky storms are also threatening parts of the the Pacific Ocean. Monday is the climatological peak date of hurricane season, the height of the eight-week period when the most powerful storms usually form, CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri said.

But the season is just now peaking, and Hurricanes Florence, Isaac, and Helene are a stark reminder that we are not out of the woods yet. Airlines, including Delta and American, said travelers can change their flights without penalties for travel to and from the region for trips September 13-16.

"Based off recent intensity adjustments, we are now seeing the potential for major Hurricane Florence to achieve a Category 5 intensity prior to landfalling across the Carolinas".

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