Millions on US East Coast brace for 'extremely dangerous' Hurricane Florence

Millions on US East Coast brace for 'extremely dangerous' Hurricane Florence

Millions on US East Coast brace for 'extremely dangerous' Hurricane Florence

Over in the Pacific, this storm is still moving toward Hawaii, where tropical storm warnings and watches have been issued, the hurricane center said. Among the airports commonly mentioned are those in North and SC, as well as Norfolk and Richmond, VA and Savannah, GA.

This week, most major US airlines are waiving change fees for passengers whose plans change because they are flying to or from cities in the path of Hurricane Florence.

"Please be prepared, be careful and be SAFE", he tweeted.

"After 48 hours, a slight increase in southwesterly shear could result in some weakening, but Florence is expected to remain an extremely risky hurricane when it approaches the US coastline". Similar evacuations are happening all the way up to Virginia, where the governor has ordered a mandatory evacuation for residents of some low-lying coastal areas.

"Life-threatening" hurricane and storm surges watches have been issued for huge swathes of the U.S. southeastern coast as Hurricane Florence barrels across the Atlantic Ocean.

The storm's first effects were already apparent on barrier islands as risky rip currents hit beaches and seawater flowed over a state highway. Residents should continue preparing for the likelihood of direct impacts from the storm, which could include intense flooding, rainfall, damaging winds, large and unsafe surf and storm surge.

Here's what should you know about the powerful storm's path.

"This morning, I received a full briefing from the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Hurricane Florence".

As of 6 p.m., UNC has not issued a new update concerning Hurricane Florence.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's office predicted "catastrophic inland flooding, high winds and possible widespread power outages", cautioning that the deadliest risk would come from flooding.

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"We're in for a real episode here", McMaster said at a press conference. "When you stall a system like this and it moves real slow, some of that rainfall can extend well away from the centre".

NOAA Hurricane Florence is forecast to hit the northeast coast later this week.

After the initial threat of damaging hurricane-force winds as the storm hits, flooding becomes a life-threatening concern.

The Miami-based center says the storm's center was located about 410 miles (660 kilometers) south of Bermuda and about 975 miles (1570 kilometers) east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina.

Parts of the state of North Carolina are being evacuated as Hurricane Florence strengthened into a major Category 4 hurricane, packing winds of up to 195 kilometers an hour in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Meanwhile, two other storms were also spinning in the Atlantic.

Satellite imagery shows hurricanes Florence, Isaac, and Helene from space on September 10, 2018.

"Additional strengthening is forecast during this time, but some fluctuations in intensity are likely due to eyewall replacement cycles".

Florence grew into a major hurricane on Monday morning and was upgraded again to a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane strength at midday as its top sustained wind speeds reached 130 miles per hour.

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