Hurricane Florence maintains track, possible impacts on SC coast increasing

Hurricane Florence scenarios

North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia have declared states of emergency in preparation for the potential impact of Florence.

"Florence is forecast to rapidly strengthen to a major hurricane by Monday, and is expected to remain an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday", the NHC said in an advisory issued at 2100 GMT Sunday.

Wednesday's model tracks shows a landfall in the southeastern coast of North Carolina on Friday, maintaining its Category 4 status.

Florence exploded into a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane Monday as it closed in on North and SC, carrying winds up to 140 miles per hour (220 kph) and water that could wreak havoc over a wide stretch of the eastern United States later this week. The Center reports that Florence will be a risky hurricane near the United States' southeastern coast by late next week as the risk of "direct impacts continues to increase".

At 11am EDT, the Miami-based hurricane centre said Florence's maximum sustained winds were estimated to be 65 miles per hour (100 kph).

It is expected to regain hurricane strength as it nears Bermuda, although forecasters said it was too soon to tell where the storm would hit.

Helene is forecast to strengthen, with tropical storm conditions reaching the Cabo Verde Islands Saturday. 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 along with life-threatening freshwater flooding.

"So when this is all said and done this is probably going to be the costliest storm in the history of the Carolinas because not only are you dealing with a major hurricane hit, but you're dealing with flooding of biblical proportions", Bastardi explains. Hurricanes Helene and Isaac are not expected to hit the United States mainland.




"This storm is too powerful and its path is too uncertain to take any chances", South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said in issuing his state's emergency declaration.

The storm was centred about 875 miles southeast of Bermuda and moving west at 7mph.

The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Florence is rapidly strengthening and that swells generated by the storm are affecting Bermuda and portions of the U.S. East Coast.

Emergency Management Director Steven Still said tropical-storm-force winds were expected Wednesday.

North Carolina officials started getting bulldozers and chain saws ready.

Regardless of exact forecast tracks, significant impacts for parts of the Carolinas and Virginia are likely.

Florence is the first Category 4 hurricane of 2018 of the Atlantic season.

This will offer a tracking map, interactive radar, USA radar, advisories, and other helpful tools as we head into the peak of hurricane season. It was heading west at nine km/h.

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