Can you return to Hilton Head, Beaufort Co. after Hurricane Florence evacuation?

Can you return to Hilton Head, Beaufort Co. after Hurricane Florence evacuation?

Forecasters said early Monday afternoon that data indicated Florence has maximum sustained winds near 130 miles per hour and a minimum central pressure of 946 millibars (27.93 inches).

According to, forecasters expect Florence to reach maximum sustained winds of 150 miles per hour over the next 36 hours.

It was centered about 1,230 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and moving west at 13 mph. National Hurricane Center forecasters expect the storm to come ashore with 115 miles per hour winds. The move will allow the state to use the National Guard for preparations and recovery if necessary.

Florence is being felt along the North Carolina coast with large sea swells.

NHC spokesman Dennis Feltgen said historically, 90 percent of fatalities from hurricanes, tropical storms and tropical depressions have been caused by water.

The vessels will get underway from Naval Station Norfolk and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek to avoid potential damage from winds and tidal surges, said Colonel Rob Manning a Pentagon spokesman.

Sluggish or stalled hurricanes - like Hurricane Harvey, which flooded swaths of Houston, Texas and the Gulf Coast previous year - can become even more risky as they stick around, pouring rain. 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.

Hurricane Isaac has seriously weakened recently due to the wind shear in the Atlantic.

"North Carolina is no stranger to hurricanes", Cooper said Monday, at least partially alluding to the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew, which struck the Carolinas as a category 1 storm in October 2016 killing 34 in the U.S., after cutting a vicious path across the Caribbean, killing more than 1,000 in Haiti.

Virginia's emergency operations chief, Jeffrey Stern, told reporters that residents should brace for "something that no one in Virginia has experienced in their lifetimes".

Mandatory evacuation orders were issued Monday for parts of North Carolina's Outer Banks, with wider orders expected to follow later this week. There could also be major inland flooding from a prolonged heavy rainfall event.

In Virginia, home to the world's largest sea base, the U.S. navy has ordered all ships to sea in preparation for the storm, where they can more safely ride out the violent wind and waves.

People are already filling stockpiling plywood, bottled water and other supplies.

A storm surge is created by winds of a hurricane pushing ocean water toward the coast.

The US Navy said it was sending almost 30 ships from coastal Virginia out of port to ride out the storm. Marty Bahamonde, the Director of Disaster Operations at the Office of External Affairs at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), tweeted out this harrowing image of all the storms stretching from the Pacific to the Atlantic that the government is tracking.

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