Hurricane Florence Intensifies As It Barrels Toward US East Coast

Minnie Murray
September 10, 2018

The center of the hurricane is forecast to move across the Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas tomorrow and Wednesday (Sept. 11-12), before approaching the southeastern coast of the US on Thursday.

Over the weekend, the governors of Virginia, North Carolina and SC declared states of emergency, according to CNN.

Florence is forecasted to become a major hurricane on Monday and will become a Category 4 Tuesday, maintaining that strength through Wednesday and into Thursday.

Florence appeared headed for landfall on Thursday afternoon near the North Carolina-South Carolina border, according to maps of the storm's trajectory predicted by the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Florence was in the Atlantic about 1,500 miles from the coast and 750 miles from Bermuda, moving west at 6 mph, the center said.

Florence continued its west-northwest crawl toward the southeastern US coast, packing maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour.

For Central Florida, it is becoming likely that Florence will bring significant wave activity in the Atlantic, along with a risky high rip current threat and possible coastal erosion.

Hurricane Isaac strengthened overnight to become the fifth hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season and the third now swirling towards the United States, joining Hurricanes Florence and Helene. In a statement on Sunday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said that coastal and inland residents alike need to get ready for potentially heavy rainfall and flooding from the storm.

Hurricane Isaac - which late Sunday became the fifth hurricane of the season - is heading west towards the Caribbean.

Hurricane Olivia is projected to weaken as it near Hawaii, but a tropical storm watch is in place for Maui and Oahu.

The storm was moving toward the west-northwest at about 9 miles per hour and was about 625 miles (1,005 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda.

The NHC predicts it could become a major hurricane by Monday and remain that way through Thursday. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km).

Hurricane Florence will make its way westward, likely toward the Carolinas later this week while Hurricane Isaac moves westward toward the Caribbean.

Meanwhile a third tropical storm has formed in the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

States of emergency have been issued in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Large swathes of the US East Coast are braced for a hurricane which is forecast to strengthen into a major storm.

Hurricane Florence strengthened on Sunday as it moved toward the United States, while officials from Florida to Virginia warned residents to prepare for the worst.

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