Intensifying Hurricane Florence could strike USA southeast

Katie Ramirez
September 12, 2018

The office warned of water ponding on Battleship Road near the U.S.S.

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The New Jersey and DE coastlines will feel the effects from Florence by Tuesday afternoon regardless as swells increase and unsafe rip currents begin.

As of Monday evening, Hurricane Florence was moving west-northwest at 13 miles per hour. A turn toward the northwest is forecast to occur on the night of September 12, the NHC said.

Some portions of the Carolinas could see as much as 30 to 40 inches of rain from Florence, the National Weather Service said, which would lead to river flooding that "could last for days or weeks" after the storm.

"The bottom line is that there is increasing confidence that Florence will be a large and extremely unsafe hurricane, regardless of its exact intensity, " Blake said.

Tropical storm force winds could begin along the coast Wednesday evening and have the potential to impact the Triangle.

A rip current statement is in effect for all beaches in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties.

Some models are already predicting 3 feet of rainfall.

Basically, Hurricane Florence is coming in hot. The rating system from 1 to 5 is based on a hurricane's sustained wind speed. "But on rare occasions, the steering patterns can line up such that a storm slips into a dead zone between troughs and ridges".

WILMINGTON - Hurricane Florence has strengthened into a Category 3 storm with sustained winds of 115 miles per hour, according to the 11 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center.

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Florence is approximately 410 miles south of Bermuda and 975 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, as of 5 a.m. ET, according to the NHC.

In the Eastern Atlantic the disturbance east of the Cabo Verde Islands has strengthened into Tropical Storm Helene, the eighth named storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season. While the exact track of Florence remains uncertain, the threat of a North Carolina landfall sometime Thursday into Friday continues to increase.

Florence is travelling across the Atlantic Ocean and is threatening to hit the East Coast later this week when it could be at Category 4 strength. "Everyone should start preparing now".

Residents prepared by boarding up their homes and stripping grocery stores bare of food, water and supplies.

Sustained winds have reached nearly 105 miles per hour.

This enhanced satellite image shows Hurricane Florence, third from right, in the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday, with Isaac and Helene behind.

"Florence is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale", it noted.

"The chances of it going out to sea are extremely slim at this point", she said. We're just a strip of land - we're a barrier island.

For many, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge: If Hurricane Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could carry torrential rains up into the Appalachian mountains, causing flash floods, mudslides and other unsafe weather across a wide area. "If slows after landfall may cause heavier rain & winds".

Some officials have already begun taking early precautions.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said at a press conference that the state is in the "bullseye" of the hurricane, according to The Raleigh News and Observer.

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