These maps show what to expect from Hurricane Florence
These maps show what to expect from Hurricane Florence
UPDATE: ENC towns declare State of Emergency
11 September, 2018, 08:09
Hurricane Florence strengthened "rapidly" on Monday, September 10, and is now a powerful Category 4 hurricane, USA forecasters said, as governors of 3 eastern U.S. states declared an emergency and told residents to prepare for the storm. Its center will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday, and approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper urged his state's residents to get ready, noting the storm was generating swelling waves and unsafe currents. Georgia, West Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Delaware, New Jersey, southern Pennsylvania, and eastern Tennessee, Kentucky, and OH could also see strong winds. Latest forecasts have Florence making landfall in the vicinity of Wilmington, North Carolina Thursday evening/night.
Historically, 90 per cent of fatalities from hurricanes, tropical storms and tropical depressions have been caused by water, NHC spokesman Dennis Feltgen said.
The center of the strong storm is about 1,240 miles east-southeast of Bald Head Island, with the hurricane moving westward at roughly 13 mph.
According to the Daily Mail, one person has drowned and two more were injured at Daytona Beach, Florida, after choppy waters caused by Florence led to risky surfing conditions. Drawing energy from the warm water, it could have top sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (209 kph) or more by Tuesday, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said.
"The bottom line is that there is high confidence that Florence will be a large and extremely unsafe hurricane, regardless of its exact intensity", the NHC said.
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. SCEMD has also put their preparedness level at OPCON 2, the second-highest level for the state of emergencies in SC.
A mandatory evacuation was ordered for residents of Hatteras Island and some other areas of Dare County in North Carolina.
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said Sunday he was asking President Donald Trump for a federal emergency declaration in anticipation of "significant impacts not only on our state but the entire east coast".
State of Emergency has been declared by North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
"We are not going to restrict people's movements within the county until lane reversals are necessary, if they become necessary", said Sheriff's Office spokesperson Capt.
"This is a huge storm", said Robert Woodward, chairman of the Dare County Board of Commissioners, predicting 15 to 20 inches (38 to 50 centimeters) of rain.
The hurricane will pose a pretty serious threat to the East Coast and is expected to produce winds of around 140 miles per hour as it makes landfall.
The US Navy said it was sending almost 30 ships from coastal Virginia out of port to ride out the storm.
"This is a big, big hurricane", McMaster said, noting that wind speeds are predicted to be more violent than in either of the the region's two most damaging storms of the past 30 years.
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Monday, but urged residents on Sunday to familiarize themselves with evacuation routes and have a plan for pets if the storm hits. McMaster said he had asked President Donald Trump to declare a federal emergency in SC in anticipation of the storm's arrival.
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