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12 September, 2018, 04:12 | Author: Grady King
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Florence was expected to blow ashore late Thursday or early Friday, then slow down and wring itself out for days, unloading 1 to 2½ feet of rain that could cause flooding well inland and wreak environmental havoc by washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms.

National Weather Service officials in Honolulu urged residents to remain careful, noting that the difference between a Category 1 hurricane and a tropical storm is just 5 miles per hour wind speed.

Maps of the storm's trajectory showed it likely to come ashore somewhere near the border of North Carolina and SC. The storm was moving west at 13 miles per hour.

"Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday", the NHC said in a bulletin. The storm was located roughly 1,170 miles east-southeast of the Cape Fear region, and remained a unsafe Category 4 storm.

The National Hurricane Center's projected track for Hurricane Florence, as of 11 a.m. on September 11, 2018.

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Hurricane Florence intensified Monday, becoming a Category 4 storm , according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). In Guam, Typhoon Mangkhut - a Category 4 storm - narrowly missed dealing a direct blow to the island .

Florence is so wide that a life-threatening storm surge was being pushed 300 miles ahead of its eye, swirling clouds that could deluge states from SC to OH and Pennsylvania as it slows and then stalls over land.

Hurricane Florence's size is "staggering", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham warned. "Up in the clouds, water condenses and forms droplets, releasing even more heat to power the storm". Storms generally form over the equator, where the water temperature is especially high, then move north and west, pushed along by currents in the tropical Atlantic.

The tropical Atlantic and tropical Pacific will be very busy this week, with preparations underway as Hurricane Florence threatens the Carolinas later this week, while Tropical Storm Issac threatens the Leeward Islands of the eastern Caribbean later this week. The governors of both states declared states of emergency.

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.

Isaac could be upgraded to a hurricane tonight, but some weakening of the system is expected to take shape by mid-week. "We're just a strip of land - we're a barrier island", she said.

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Initial predictions didn't quite pan out this year - so far, we've had nine named storms and five hurricanes.

The hurricane's impacts could range from a strong storm surge to flooding from torrential rainfall and hurricane-force winds. The NHC expects Isaac to weaken as it approaches the Caribbean.

Tropical Storm Isaac was near hurricane strength at 70 miles per hour at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Closest to home for many Canadians, the active Atlantic has been capturing attention this week, as the destructive Hurricane Florence roars toward the coast of the southern United States.

The U.S. Navy is also taking precautions, with the U.S. Fleet Forces Command ordering almost 30 ships in the Hampton Roads area of the Virginia coast to head out to sea to avoid the storm.

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