Hurricane Florence strengthens to potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm

Theresa Obrien
September 12, 2018

Meanwhile, Hurricane Florence was 580 miles south, south east of Bermuda with winds of 115 mph and strengthening into a major storm. "The threat will be inland, so I'm afraid, based on my experience at FEMA, that the public is probably not as prepared as everybody would like", said Craig Fugate, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Issac became the fifth hurricane of this season on Sunday night when it was around 1,300 miles east of the Windward Islands.

Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the East Coast, bringing 105 miles per hour winds and a risk of flooding. "It is an extremely, dangerous, life-threatening, historic hurricane", said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.

Back in late August, the Atlantic tropics looked like they were going to stay boarded up for the season.

The storm is expected to produce 3 to 5 inches of rain across Martinique, Dominica, and Guadeloupe, with near 10 inches possible in isolated areas, forecasters said.

Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Isaac, Hurricane Helene track in Atlantic Ocean. And with little wind shear to pull the storm apart, Florence's hurricane wind field was expected to expand over the coming days, increasing its storm surge and inland wind threats.

As this system moves slowly northwestward towards the Texas coast mid to late this week, conditions will become more favorable for a tropical depression or storm to develop.

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Hurricane Florence strengthens to potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm

Chance for rain and storms will continue this week, with the deeper tropical moisture more or less still in place over the area. So far, the storm has caused the death of at least 19 people in North Carolina and destroyed thousands of homes in it's path.

Over in the Pacific, this storm is still moving toward Hawaii, where tropical storm warnings and watches have been issued, the hurricane center said.

Hurricane Helene is in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean and not expected to be near any land.

Helene: The 5:00am advisory on Hurricane Helene has the storm with maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour. It took Matheson and her husband almost the whole day Monday to drive the 60 miles (100 kilometers) off the barrier island.

U.S. President Donald Trump, whose administration was harshly criticized as being slow to respond to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, cancelled a political rally planned for Friday in Jackson, Mississippi, over safety concerns related to Florence, his campaign said. Olivia should weaken through Tuesday but remain a strong tropical storm when it reaches the Hawaiian Islands.

"I'm telling them to go inland, but I'm anxious about the rain and tornadoes too", Roberts said. She said her house, built in 2009 in Buxton, North Carolina, is on a ridge and built to withstand a hurricane.

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