Hurricane Florence looks absolutely wild from the International Space Station

11 September, 2018, 23:10 | Author: Sherry Houston
  • September 8th Evening Florence Update

The National Hurricane Center announced Florence was increased to a Category 4 hurricane Monday morning, with a projected path toward the Carolinas.

In addition, the National Hurricane Center said that it will likely issue watches for "life-threatening storm surge" across three states.

A storm surge watch has been extended from Edisto Beach, South Carolina northward to the North Carolina-Virginia border, including the Pamlico and Albermarle Sounds.

Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina warned residents to take the threat of the storm seriously.

Outer rain bands from Florence may reach central North Carolina late Thursday or Thursday night, but this region will see the worst of the weather conditions starting Friday morning and continuing all day Friday.

At the same time Florence is expected to make its landfall, another storm, Isaac, is forecast to be at or near hurricane strength as it moves across the Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea.

On Monday, McMaster ordered residents of eight coastal counties to evacuate.

"With time, the wind pushes the water into every nook and cranny you can think of", Graham said. Troops have received ready-to-deploy orders for Virginia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Helene is expected to veer north well before coming close to the coast, though Isaac is expected to turn into a hurricane as it continues heading west towards the Windward Islands, the Miami Herald wrote. People living well inland should prepare to lose power and endure flooding and other hazards, he warned.

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The center of the strong storm is about 1,240 miles east-southeast of Bald Head Island, with the hurricane moving westward at roughly 13 mph.

The NHC says Florence will rapidly strengthen to become a major hurricane - meaning Category 3 or higher, with sustained winds of at least 111 miles per hour (178 km/h) - later this morning.

Satellite images show Tropical Storm Olivia over a 7-hour period ending at 3:30 a.m. today.

Asked to respond to South Carolinians who say he issued evacuation orders prematurely, McMaster said: "This is a very risky hurricane, and we do not want to gamble with a single life of a single South Carolinian". Hurricane to tropical-storm-force winds could extend inland depending on the storm's exact track.

Several meteorologists said Florence could do what Hurricane Harvey did a year ago over Texas, dumping days of rain, although not quite as bad.

"We're in for a real episode here", McMaster said at a press conference.

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington has also ordered a mandatory evacuation of students while the governor of Virginia has asked residents of low-lying coastal areas to leave.

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