'This storm is a monster': Carolinas brace for Hurricane Florence

Theresa Obrien
September 12, 2018

North and SC are anticipated to bear the brunt of Florence, which the National Hurricane Center said had strengthened to a Category 3 storm.

"Re-strengthening is forecast to occur during the next day or so, and Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday night", said the National Hurricane Center in its latest update.

A state of emergency has been declared in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington amid concern over potential torrential rain and flooding.

Hurricane Florence heading towards the US East Coast.

The flooding will depend whether Florence slows down and lingers over coastal areas as it moves inland, Salna says.

"The coast could see 10-to-12 feet of storm surge plus tides, and cause quite a mess across a stretch of the coast from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout and western Pamlico Sound", he said.

He added islands to the south such as Barbados and St Lucia are expected to experience some wind from the storm.

The massive storm is threatening the East Coast of the U.S. with an expected landfall late Thursday.

Hurricane Florence remains a strong Category 4 hurricane Tuesday morning with sustained winds of 140 miles per hour.

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Florence had maximum sustained winds of 128km/h, making it a Category 1 storm on the five-level Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale. September 10 is the peak of the hurricane season in the Atlantic and the time when the strongest hurricane develop.

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It is now moving west-northwest at about 15 miles per hour and that speed is expected to increase in the next few days, says the center.

In the case of Florence, there was an upper-level trough that helped to fuel the monster hurricane's rapid intensification. Other counties are evacuating low lying and flood prone areas.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said during a press conference on Tuesday that his state "must be vigilant" in preparing for such an "unpredictable" storm.

The agency has warned of "life-threatening" storm surges along the south-eastern seaboard and freshwater flooding due to a "prolonged and exceptionally heavy rainfall event".

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the federal government would spare no expense in responding to the likely damage from Hurricane Florence, which is forecast to hit the Carolina coast later this week. The watch "means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours", the Hurricane Center said.

TRUMP sounds the alarm about Hurricane Florence during Oval Office press availability: "They haven't seen anything like what's coming at us in 25, 30 years, maybe ever". SC governor Henry McMaster also suspended his campaign and asked President Donald Trump for a federal emergency declaration. "It's more like a (Hurricane) Harvey situation, where it'll just slowly wind down".

Two other storms were spinning in the Atlantic as the 2018 hurricane season reaches its peak.

Liz Browning Fox was planning to ride out the storm nevertheless on the Outer Banks.

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