Hurricane Florence takes aim at US Southeast

10 September, 2018, 00:39 | Author: Grady King
  • TROPICS: Florence to become a hurricane today; TD 9 strengthening

The US East Coast is bracing for Florence as it approaches the coastline.

The storm reached major hurricane status Wednesday, peaking with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour.

Tropical Storm Helene formed late Friday night off the coast of Africa, one of three storms - two named - now in the Atlantic.

Florence strengthened to Category 1 hurricane Sunday morning as the storm charted an uncertain path toward the Unites States' East Coast.

The area of Florence's projected landfall ranges from Georgia to the Washington, D.C., area.

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The hurricane will pass through Bermuda before hitting the East Coast. It is 1,720 miles east of the Windward Islands.

The swells are set to cause life-threatening surf and currents, so people are being warned to listen out for local weather updates. It is too soon to say where, when or how severe the rainfall might be.

"It's important to remember the cone of uncertainty covers the entire SC coast, meaning landfall in SC is still a possibilty", Quagliariello said.

"State emergency management, transportation, health experts and others are making sure North Carolina is prepared for the storm, and I urge the public to review your emergency plans and gather your supplies now", the release quoted Cooper.

Florence intensified into a hurricane on Sunday and was expected to strengthen rapidly as it churned across the Atlantic Ocean and threatened to make landfall on the US East Coast by the end of the week. Authorities in Florida said they were closely monitoring the storm.

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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued an emergency on Friday to get emergency operations rolling. Florence could bring significant flooding along the coast all the way to rivers and streams in the western part of the state, he said.

The US Navy on Saturday told all its ships in the Hampton Roads, Virginia - home to more than a fifth of the fleet - to prepare for an order to take to sea to avoid storm damage. It is given a 90 percent chance of development in the next 48 hours.

Risky hurricane expected to reach major storm status Monday. Eastern Sunday, Sept. 9.

The storm's maximum sustained winds are 50 miles per hour (85 kph) and it is moving west at 8 miles per hour (13 kmh). By Thursday it may hit mainland.

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