The Atlantic ocean looks insane right now: 3 Hurricanes at once

Katie Ramirez
September 11, 2018

The storm is forecast to strengthen to near Category 5 and "there remains high confidence that Florence will be a large and extremely unsafe hurricane, regardless of its exact intensity", the National Hurricane Center said.

South Carolinas' Murrells Inlet to North Carolina's Cape Fear could see 4 to 6 feet. Now is the time to get prepared to make sure your family is safe.

US President Donald Trump has cancelled a political rally planned for Friday in Jackson, Mississippi, over safety concerns related to Florence, his campaign said.

Approximately 1 million people in eight counties have until noon on Tuesday to evacuate, the governor said. Similar evacuations are happening all the way up to Virginia, where the governor has ordered a mandatory evacuation for residents of some low-lying coastal areas.

Off the state's coast, large sea swells and risky rip currents were already apparent over the weekend, foreshadowing the storm's arrival.

Florence will produce very heavy rain along the coast and further inland.

But Florence stands out from the other hurricanes.

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National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham warned that Hurrican Florence was forecast to linger over the Carolinas once it reaches shore, reported AP. State officials say 245,000 people live in the affected area, but officials warned the storm could affect the entire state.

"We are preparing for the worst, and of course hoping for the best", South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said, as reported by CNN.

Handout via Getty Images Hurricane Florence is seen traveling west over the Atlantic Ocean on September 10, 2018.

Storm surge and hurricane watches may be issued Tuesday morning for portions of southeastern U.S. states, the NHC said. The storm was located roughly 1,170 miles east-southeast of the Cape Fear region, and remained a unsafe Category 4 storm. Its center will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said.

The western Caribbean disturbance near the Yucatan will move more toward Mexico and Texas, with a medium chance of becoming a tropical depression or maybe even a weak tropical storm in the next several days (but not soon). Once the storm makes landfall, McMaster said, it's expected to move slowly, dumping extreme amounts of rain likely to cause flooding.

Larry Pierson purchases bottled water in Isle of Palms, South Carolina, in preparation for hurricane Florence.

Hurricane Florence has the potential to bring catastrophic flooding to areas of the eastern United States already soaked by heavy rain. Here in North Carolina there's a growing potential many will deal with destructive winds, devastating flooding and possible tornadoes. "This is the craziest one".

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