TROPICS: Florence expected to impact the Carolinas by end of week

10 September, 2018, 18:33 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
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The center of the hurricane is forecast to move across the Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas tomorrow and Wednesday (Sept. 11-12), before approaching the southeastern coast of the USA on Thursday.

The governors of Virginia, North Carolina and SC have declared states of emergency, warning residents to prepare for a risky storm.

"Florence is forecast to become a major hurricane this morning, and is expected to remain an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday", the hurricane center said. The hurricane is most likely going to be at least a Category 3 storm before making landfall in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S.

At 5p.m. the center of Tropical Storm Isaac was located near latitude 14.5 north, longitude 36.6 west, moving towards the west near 7 miles per hour (11 kilometres per hour).

Unsafe swells generated by Florence affected Bermuda and have begun to reach parts of the Eastern Seaboard.

Swells generated by Florence could cause risky rip currents and coastal flooding Saturday in areas including coastal DE and New Jersey, the National Weather Service said.

The maximum sustained winds in the hurricane have increased to almost 105 miles per hour, with gusts reach higher, says the National Weather Service.

Florence was previously named the first Category 4 hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season last week, but later weakened to a tropical storm, before starting to regain its strength again.

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Forecasters said it was too soon to determine the exact timing, location and magnitude of storm surges and flooding Florence will cause.

The climatological peak of the hurricane season is September 10 - and it shows.

There are no reported coastal watches or warnings in effect.

The storm's maximum sustained winds remain near 85 km/h with higher gusts and it is moving west near 15 km/h.

Isaac's intensity forecast is uncertain due to its small size, but the hurricane is expected to grow stronger early this week.

AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said: "Residents and interests living along and near the Carolina coast and even up toward the Virginia Capes should closely monitor Florence and be ready to put their hurricane plan in place". It will likely become a major hurricane within the next day or two.

There have been six tropical storms in the Atlantic basin this year. On North Carolina's Outer Banks, Dare County emergency officials warned that rough seas and strong rip currents are already creating risky conditions.

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