Hurricane Florence strengthens as experts warn of ‘large-scale disaster’

10 September, 2018, 10:11 | Author: Jason Torres
  • The cyclone is bound for the US east coast

Florence was the first Category 4 hurricane of the Atlantic season, but weakened as it passed through cooler waters.

The news release notes that plans could change if forecasts indicate a decrease in the strength or change in the track of the storm.

"Everyone in North Carolina needs to keep a close eye on Florence and take steps now to get ready for impacts later this week", Cooper said.

The Category 1 hurricane remained 580 miles northeast of the northern Leeward Islands, which include Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the center said.

Local impacts from Florence are not expected, according to the National Weather Service Tallahassee.

Hurricane Olivia, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center's advisory issued at 11 a.m. ET Sunday, is approaching Hawaii with maximum sustained winds near 80 miles per hour and is expected to remain at hurricane strength through Monday evening. And there will be little wind shear to disrupt the thunderstorm development at its core.

Navy ships off Virginia's coast are getting set to sail out of the path of the powerful hurricane, one North Carolina university has canceled classes and people have begun stocking up on plywood, bottled water and other supplies even with Florence still far out at sea southeast of Bermuda.

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Hurricane Florence has maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour.

It had maximum winds of 85mph with higher gusts, with tropical storm force winds extending up to 125 miles from the storms centre. But the Gulf Stream is pushing warm water past Cape Hatteras, which could create a "nightmare scenario" that could lead to as much as $25 billion in damages, putting Florence in the top 10 of the most destructive storms, he said. Extremely unsafe hurricane-force winds could batter coastal locations Thursday into Friday.

"Because you may not - you may not - be coming home for several days", McMaster said, directing people to SCEMD.org. Where exactly the zone of heaviest rain sets up is a big uncertainty. Models have come into agreement that a northward turn before reaching the United States is unlikely and that a building high-pressure zone north of the storm will cause it to slow or stall once it reaches the coast or shortly thereafter.

Parts of the Mid-Atlantic, especially from Virginia to Pennsylvania, have seen 150 to 300 percent of their normal rainfall since May.

That formal request to Trump included this: "The potential storm surge, strong winds, and rainfall pose threats beyond state capability to manage including need for widespread search and rescue, rescue from swift water, long term sheltering operations, air operations in support of life saving and life sustaining missions, assistance with transportation of vulnerable populations, support for areas without power or drinking water, and other unforeseen consequences of the historic hurricane to which the state is now vulnerable".

Helene - now just southeast of the Cabo Verde islands off the African coast - had winds of 85 miles per hour, and was expected to turn northwest and then north into the open Atlantic by midweek, the NHC said. It is now 1,305 miles east of the Windward Islands, which are in the West Indies, and moving westward at 14 mph.

Florence is expected to be a major hurricane by Monday.

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