Track major Hurricane Florence: Spaghetti models, forecast cone and satellite

11 September, 2018, 10:46 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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The National Hurricane Center is predicting Florence could be a Category Storm 4 with winds of 130 miles per hour by Tuesday, causing South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia to declare states of emergency.

"Florence is rapidly strengthening this morning", the National Hurricane Center advisory said.

The hurricane center said Florence will likely be a Category 4 storm as it moves across the Atlantic.

In an noon update, National Hurricane Center forecasters said sustained winds had reached 130 miles per hour.

Hurricane Florence had maximum sustained winds of 90 mph as of 11 p.m. Sunday, and is 685 miles southeast of Bermuda, moving west at 7 mph.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster estimated about 1 million residents were under orders to evacuate the coast of his state. The evacuation zone includes the most flood-prone coastal areas, Northam said.

"Everyone in North Carolina needs to keep a close eye on Florence and take steps now to get ready for impacts later this week", Cooper said.

If a major hurricane (Category 3 or higher) does make landfall along the southeast coast, the rarity of such an event is relevant. Florence now has maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour, and gusts up to 140 miles per hour, making it a major hurricane capable of doing "devastating" damage.

A hurricane hunter plane found Florence strengthening quickly after it became a hurricane Sunday. Hurricane Florence has the potential to provide us with multiple inches of rain, but we're continuing to watch its track closely to better determine how much rain we could get.


Residents as far north as Virginia were warned that Florence posed an increasing risk of life-threatening coastal storm surge, as well as flooding from heavy rainfall inland should the slow-moving storm system stall over the Southeast.

Florence is actually the lone major hurricane of the season so far as it was initially a category 4 hurricane in the open Atlantic before weakening and now restrengthening again.

SC emergency officials have elevated the state's readiness again, as they prepare for the possibility of Florence becoming a major hurricane and affecting the state.

Issac is expected to gain strength in the next days, but then weaken by the middle of the week when it approaches the Caribbean.

Hurricane Florence is plowing toward the East Coast as a Category 4 storm with a 500-mile wing span, forcing dire warnings and mandatory evacuations - including the entire coastline of SC and parts of Virginia and North Carolina.

Red flags flying on beaches warned swimmers to stay out of waters already roiled by the distant storm, and cruise ships and Navy vessels were set to be steered out of harm's way. Virginia and North Carolina right now look most primed for the heaviest rains.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division tweeted Sunday that officials there are "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster". Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune urged people to secure their homes but said it was too early to know if evacuations will be ordered. "Already we're getting some overwash, the ocean is coming over 12", she said, referring to the islands' main road. The university said Sunday that it has issued a voluntary evacuation for students starting at midday Monday, noting classes would be cancelled.

Florida-based Carnival Cruise Line re-routed its cruise ships.

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