Major Hurricane Florence Continues to Barrel Toward the Carolina

Major Hurricane Florence Continues to Barrel Toward the Carolina

Video: North Carolina National Guard troops have been activated as New Hanover County declares a state of emergency.

Concerns about the monster storm extended even into Virginia. Then, the storm was expected to weaken a bit as it encounters storm-hindering wind shear, or fluctuations of wind speeds in the atmosphere.

She just moved to the area two weeks ago from Northern Virginia and still doesn't have her furniture.

No hurricane has made landfall as a Category 5 in this region on record. The center warns that such storms will snap or uproot most trees and down power poles and that power can be out in some areas for weeks or months.

Hurricane expert Robbie Berg said: "The risk of other direct impacts associated with Florence along the US East Coast next week has increased".

Hurricane Florence has rapidly strengthened to become a major storm, and the hurricane center says more intensification is anticipated. That means sustained winds of at least 130 miles per hour and expectations of catastrophic damage, the hurricane center says. The last was Hurricane Fran in 1996, which came ashore near Wilmington. They were likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions, according to the NHC.

Loewenthal said the area should prepare to see impacts, including rough surf and risky rip currents, as early as Sunday.

Red flags have already been flying on beaches, warning swimmers to stay out of the water as seas began kicking up.


In 1989, Hurricane Hugo grew to a Category 4 storm before coming ashore near Charleston, South Carolina, where it caused about $14.1 billion in damage when adjusted for inflation, making it the 13th costliest US storm, according to Hurricane Center records.

"This is very scary rain event potentially setting up this week", Rossi said.

Most computer models predict Florence will slow down as it moves inland, Hennen said, which could add to the heavy rains and potential floods.

Residents of the US East Coast are preparing for the storm's arrival as the National Weather Service warned on Monday that "Florence is forecast to bring devastating rainfall and flooding from the coast to the Appalachians". The flooding might be similar to what the Carolinas experienced during Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

The governors of North and SC and Virginia declared states of emergency far ahead of the approaching storm. "Plan for the worst, pray for the best".

Hurricane Isaac, meanwhile, was expected to lose strength as it reaches the Caribbean, and Helene, much farther out to sea, may veer northward into the open Atlantic as the 2018 hurricane season reaches its peak.

Florence had reached Category 3 strength earlier Monday, but data from hurricane hunter aircraft indicate the storm is quickly getting stronger as it moves over warm Atlantic waters.

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