Florence expected to become hurricane, heads to southeast US

Sep 10, 2018, 00:44
Florence expected to become hurricane, heads to southeast US

The storm could intensify rapidly by Sunday, becoming a "major hurricane" by Monday.

Loewenthal said the waters off the North Carolina coast are in the mid-to-upper 80s, which would allow the storm to maintain its strength.

Gov. Ralph Northam said the Virginia National Guard, the Virginia State Police, and other state agencies have already begun preparations. A state of emergency was declared in sc and Virginia to give officials and residents enough time to prepare for Florence if it hits the area.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster also declared a state of emergency Saturday, and temporarily suspended regulations for vehicles transporting supplies and utilities - like gas, electricity and medical supplies, among others.

Risky hurricane expected to reach major storm status Monday.

SURF: Swells generated by Florence are affecting Bermuda and are beginning to reach portions of the U.S. East Coast.

The storm's maximum sustained winds are 50 miles per hour (85 kph) and it is moving west at 8 miles per hour (13 kmh).

U.S. residents from SC to Virginia were warned that Florence posed an increasing risk of life-threatening coastal storm surge, as well as flooding from heavy rainfall inland.

Hennen said computer models agree Florence is on track to hit the Carolinas.

The National Hurricane Center's breakdown of storm strength says Category 3 storms can bring "devastating" destruction. It was expected to strengthen into a hurricane then weaken by the middle of the week. The National Weather Service in Morehead City predicts that Florence will be renamed a hurricane on Sunday. After passing the Cabo Verde Islands the system was not expected to pose a direct threat to land for at least several days.

The projected Forecast Track for Tropical Storm Florence as of Saturday morning at 11 a.m.

The winds from Tropical Storm Florence are expected to strengthen this weekend.

Port City Daily will continue to monitor the storm as it approaches, and all hurricane coverage will be free to access and will not count toward free monthly reads.

The storm was slowly moving west toward the East Coast at 6 miles per hour on Sunday, but forecasters expect it to strengthen into a major hurricane by the time it reaches the coast.

Loewenthal said the area should prepare to see impacts, including rough surf and risky rip currents, as early as Sunday.

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