Florence Strengthens Into Hurricane, Continues Moving Towards East Coast

12 September, 2018, 03:47 | Author: Grady King
  • TROPICS: Florence to become a hurricane today; TD 9 strengthening

Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency Saturday as communities up and down the East Coast monitor Tropical Storm Florence. Gradual strengthening is forecast and Florence could become a hurricane again over the weekend. Eastern Sunday, Sept. 9.

The governor urged residents to begin making their preparations as the entire SC coast remains in the cone of uncertainty. The storm could bring 2-4 inches of rain to those islands, risking flash floods.

The National Hurricane Center reclassified Florence as a hurricane in its 11 a.m. report while also issuing advisories in the Atlantic for two other tropical storms expected to become hurricanes: Isaac and Helene.

Cooper's emergency declaration makes it possible to waive the state's transportation rules so North Carolina farmers can harvest and transport their crops to market faster.

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In Charleston, South Carolina, the Coburg Dairy Cow landmark was removed for safekeeping from its perch atop a sign on Highway 17 on Monday, according to CNN affiliate WCIV.

The center also said that Hurricane Isaac, much farther out to sea, has become the 5th named hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season.

Grocery stores began selling out of water, milk and bread, and supply stores were struggling to stock batteries, plywood and generators as early as Sunday.

"Literally, they are filling buggies full of water, shopping carts full of water", Ryan Deeck, grocery department manager at a Walmart, told The Sun News. President Donald Trump declared an emergency in North Carolina, allowing it to access federal funds.

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With an eye on Hurricane Florence, governors in Virginia, North Carolina and SC have declared states of emergency, warning residents to prepare for a unsafe storm.

According to The Washington Post, if Florence hits the U.S. East Coast, it will be the first to do so for a storm in its present location. On North Carolina's Outer Banks, the town of Nags Head posted no-swimming flags on beaches. Cotton, corn and soybean fields, along with massive hog and poultry facilities lie in Florence's forecast path.Smithfield Foods Inc., the No. 1 hog producer, and chicken producer Sanderson Farms Inc. saw North Carolina operations disrupted in 2016 in flooding from Hurricane Matthew.

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Florida-based Carnival Cruise Line was re-routing its cruise ships, but there were other hurricanes to contend with.

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Landfall is expected in the Carolinas later this week, said the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC).

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