Tropical Storm Florence turns into a hurricane

12 September, 2018, 14:31 | Author: Ann Santiago
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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency on Friday and urged residents to prepare for the storm's arrival. One, Hurricane Florence, is already cause 85-mph winds expected to become an "extremely dangerous" major hurricane.

Almost all of the North Carolina and SC coasts are included in the cone of uncertainty for the storm and the latest model Saturday night showed the storm making landfall in Wilmington.

The storm's sustained winds reached 75 mph (121 kph), just over the threshold for a hurricane, on Sunday morning as it was swirling across the Atlantic, about 750 miles (1,210 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda. NHC added that the risk of direct impact from the storm along the U.S. East Coast over the next week has increased, but it is too soon to determine location, magnitude and timing of the impact.

The storm will bring with it large swells and life-threatening rip currents.

The other storms — Tropical Storm Isaac and Tropical Storm Helene — are both expected to become hurricanes Sunday or Monday. While Helene is forecast to slide out to sea away from land, Isaac is a very real threat in the Caribbean later this week, the hurricane center said.

Forecasters say the hurricane's strength is expected to fluctuate but it still will be a risky storm by the time it reaches the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday.

A third storm, Tropical Depression Nine, is moving west-northwest at 5 miles per hour in the eastern Atlantic.

Florence's effects were already being felt along the coast, with unsafe swells and rip currents in some spots.

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"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 in a statement on Sunday.

The National Hurricane Center is advising people in the hurricane's path to prepare for potentially life-threatening storm surges, freshwater flooding and damaging winds as Florence impacts the U.S. this week.

The first effects of what forecasters are already calling a large and extremely risky hurricane were already being seen on barrier islands Monday as unsafe rip currents and seawater flowed over the state highway.

Hurricane Hazel came ashore at the South Carolina-North Carolina state line with winds of 130 miles per hour (209 kph) in 1954. The state Emergency Management Division said residents should begin preparing their homes and property for the storm.

Mandatory evacuations have begun along North Carolina's coast.

This will offer a tracking map, interactive radar, USA radar, advisories, and other helpful tools as we head into the peak of hurricane season.

Florence is moving toward the west near 9 km/h, and this general motion is expected to continue today.

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