Hurricane Florence Grows Stronger, Heads Toward US East Coast

Hurricane Florence Grows Stronger, Heads Toward US East Coast

"We expect a rapid intensification of Florence tomorrow", Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman for the National Hurricane Center, said on Sunday.

As expected, Tropical Storm Florence was upgraded to a category 1 hurricane Sunday morning by the National Hurricane Center.

Over the weekend, the governors of Virginia, North Carolina and SC declared states of emergency, according to CNN.

The hurricane center said, "All indications are that Florence will be an extremely unsafe Category 4 hurricane while it moves over the western Atlantic toward the southeastern United States". Coastal hazards are a concern - rip currents, storm surge, flooding and damaging winds - but inland freshwater flooding is also a concern, so everyone from SC to the Mid-Atlantic region should closely monitor Florence and have hurricane plan in place.

Florence had maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, and was about 1,000 miles away from Bermuda as of 5 a.m. The storm is expected to approach the southeast U.S. Coast on Thursday.

Unsafe swells generated by Florence affected Bermuda and have begun to reach parts of the Eastern Seaboard.

Swells generated by Florence could cause unsafe rip currents and coastal flooding on Saturday in areas including coastal DE and New Jersey, the National Weather Service said.

Isaac's tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center.

Both Tropical Storm Isaac and Tropical Storm Helene are expected to reach hurricane strength but neither is considered a threat to Bermuda.

Tropical Storm Florence has intensified into a hurricane, threatening to slam the East Coast later this week.

The storm is moving slowly towards the west at 9 miles per hour with winds of 65 miles per hour.

"Pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of SC and is going to go way inshore", McMaster said at a press conference. Category 3 storms can inflict "devastating" damage, the hurricane center said.

A very active scene in the Tropics is what we're waking up to on this Monday morning with THREE hurricanes and two more disturbances with the potential to become tropical depressions.

The 2018 hurricane season has been quiet up to this point, but now there are two more systems developing behind Florence.

"Warm sea surface temperatures and low wind shear (which, when high, can zap the energy from a storm) have set up ideal conditions for Florence to intensify". Advisories warning of risky beach conditions or coastal flooding were in effect for parts of New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

"State emergency management, transportation, health experts and others are making sure North Carolina is prepared for the storm, and I urge the public to review your emergency plans and gather your supplies now", the release quoted Cooper.

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