Florence Approaches US, Set to Become 'Extremely Dangerous' Storm

10 September, 2018, 07:26 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Powerful hurricane could be headed to southeast US

On the current projected path, a powerful Hurricane Florence could be near the North Carolina-South Carolina coast.

On Friday North Carolina declared a state of emergency, and other states along the East Coast are preparing for the storm.

The state of SC also declared a state of emergency on Saturday.

This NOAA/RAMMB satellite image taken at 13:30 UTC on September 9, 2018 shows Tropical Storm Florence - which forecasters say will soon become an extremely risky hurricane - being followed westward across the Atlantic by Tropical Storms Isaac and Helene8. Quagliariello said the storm is expected to stall once it reaches the Mid-Atlantic, which could also mean flash flooding across the area. The storm was centered about 765 miles (1,235 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda and moving west at 6 mph (9 kph).

Service of Jamaica said at 4:00 pm, Isaac was centred 2240 km east of the Windward Islands and is moving toward the west near 19 km/h.

Tropical Storm Isaac, which packed sustained winds of 70 miles per hour as of Sunday afternoon, is forecast to grow into a Category 1 hurricane. Advisories warning of unsafe beach conditions or coastal flooding were in effect for parts of New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

The storm brings with it an increasing risk of two life-threatening impacts: storm surge along the coast and freshwater flooding from prolonged rains, the hurricane center said.

Powerful hurricane could be headed to southeast US
Hurricane Florence gaining strength as it heads toward US coast

Right now, the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center has Hurricane Florence becoming a "major hurricane" sometime Monday.

This enhanced satellite image made available by NOAA shows Tropical Storm Florence, center, in the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 at 2:45 p.m. EDT.

At a news conference on Sunday, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster warned of a "likely strong hit" on the state and urged residents to begin making preparations now.

US residents from SC to Virginia were warned that Florence posed an increasing risk of life-threatening coastal storm surge, as well as flooding from heavy rainfall inland.

A tropical storm warning and hurricane watch are in effect for the Cabo Verde islands of Santiago, Fogo, and Brava.

It had maximum winds of 85mph with higher gusts, with tropical storm force winds extending up to 125 miles from the storms centre. The storm is expected to continue on its westward path.


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