Forecasters: Florence to Take Aim at US East Coast as Major Hurricane

Forecasters: Florence to Take Aim at US East Coast as Major Hurricane

Forecasters: Florence to Take Aim at US East Coast as Major Hurricane

Meanwhile, behind Florence is Hurricane Isaac, which had maximum sustained wins at 75 mph and was centered about 1,150 miles east of the Windward Islands, moving west at 14 mph.

"Interests in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic states should monitor the progress of Florence".

The National Hurricane Center is advising people in the hurricane's path to prepare for potentially life-threatening storm surges, freshwater flooding and damaging winds as Florence impacts the U.S. this week.

The NHC also was tracking two other hurricanes farther out in the Atlantic: Category 1 Isaac and Category 2 Helene.

Concerns about the monster storm extended even into Virginia.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles. Now tracking in the Atlantic Ocean southeast of the USA mainland, "A turn toward the northwest is forecast to occur late Wednesday night", the latest NHC dispatch stated. One model the weather service uses shows Florence making landfall along the southern Outer Banks, then interacting with a low-pressure trough moving across the Great Lakes that steers the storm back out to sea early next week, Wimberley said.

"To the incredible citizens of North Carolina, South Carolina and the entire East Coast - the storm looks very bad!" wrote the president, who cancelled a planned rally Friday in Jackson, Mississippi in light of the approaching storm.

Freshwater flooding is extremely likely once the storm makes landfall, possibly as far inland as West Virginia. But forecasters say residents should still beware of the chance for unsafe flooding and wind. Landfall may be Thurs.

"This could be the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in the Carolinas since Hugo", Quagliariello said, referring to the Category 5 hurricane that caused widespread damage in the Caribbean and Southeast 1989. The hurricane is likely to bring unsafe surf and rip currents along the east coast.

Hurricane Florence Set To Hit US East Coast
The governors of both states declared states of emergency. "We are hoping for the best and preparing for the worst", he said. As a result, Florence "is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday", Sept. 13, said the NHC.

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Hurricane Florence Strengthens, Poses Major Threat to Southeast and Mid-Atlantic
Aircraft data indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 miles per hour (120 km/h) with higher gusts. Graphic illustration and forecast of Tropical Storm Isaac as at September 9 2018 .

Sustained winds on Tuesday afternoon approached 105 miles per hour, making it a very strong Category 2 storm, though it was expected to gradually weaken over cooler waters.

Accuweather's Alex Sosnowski noted that the storm will also affect the mid-Atlantic region.

Duke officials are closely monitoring forecasts for Hurricane Florence, which is on its way to becoming one of the strongest storms to hit the Southeast coast, according the Weather Channel.

North Carolina governor Roy Cooper said his state was "in the bullseye" of the storm.

Once it makes landfall, Florence is predicted to stall and remain over North Carolina for at least 24 hours - increasing the threat of unsafe flooding, NHC Director Ken Graham said on Monday. In the Pacific from left to right you see Hurricane Olivia and Tropical Storm Paul.

WILMINGTON - All eyes are on Hurricane Florence as the storm continues to strengthen with the Cape Fear Region in its sights.

WILMINGTON - Hurricane Florence has strengthened into a Category 3 storm with sustained winds of 115 miles per hour, according to the 11 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center.

"Today, let me be clear.North Carolina is taking Hurricane Florence seriously, and you should too".

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