Hurricane Florence Intensifies To A Category 4 Storm

Hurricane Florence Is Traveling A Similar Path As A 1933 Storm That Got Very, Very Close To D.C.

Hurricane Florence Is Traveling A Similar Path As A 1933 Storm That Got Very, Very Close To D.C.

"Pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of South Carolina and is going to go way inshore", South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said.

Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall on Thursday but swells are already affecting the US East Coat.

This email will be delivered to your inbox once a day in the afternoon. "This is not the time to take a chance".

"There's never been a storm like Florence". While larger than Katrina (which was 415 miles wide), it still has a ways to go to reach the record width of 1,000 miles from Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Hurricane Florence was located 525 miles south southeast of Bermuda Monday at 5 p.m., moving west at 13 mph. with a pressure of 939 mb. Residents and visitors in popular tourist spots such as Duck and Corolla faced a Tuesday deadline.

For many, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge.

In North Carolina the Outer Banks and in SC as of noon Tuesday - mandatory evacuations in eight coastal counties. North Carolina State, University of North Carolina and UNC-Wilmington have all suspended classes, with UNC-Wilmington evacuating its coastline campus by noon Tuesday. The safety of everyone affected by the storm and the minimization of the impact on emergency personnel are the most important factors in making the decision on hosting an athletics event.

In Brunswick County, in the far southeast corner of the state, the county government ordered the mandatory evacuation of people in low-lying areas and the voluntary evacuation of other areas.

"Zone A is the lowest line and most flood prone area of the Hampton Roads and Eastern Shore", said Northam. In Hampton Roads the average price is presently $2.60 per gallon, a penny less than last week, but 10 cents more than previous year.

If Hurricane Florence lands as a powerhouse Category 4 storm along the East Coast later this week, the damage could be extensive - and long-lasting.

Hurricane watches and storm surge watches are expected to be issued Tuesday morning ahead of the arrival of Florence.

On Sunday, the hurricane center reported that Florence had reached sustained winds of at least 74 miles per hour to be classified a hurricane.

People were preparing for the worst, even if they didn't evacuate.

Hurricane Florence continues to grow in size and magnitude as it barrels toward the U.S. East Coast.

"A west- northwestward motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected through late Tuesday, followed by a turn toward the northwest and then toward the north-northwest on Wednesday and Thursday", the NHC said.

The National Weather Service reports those states and the surrounding region face increased risk of life-threatening storm surge and heavy flooding. This could cause disastrous flooding in several areas. SC emergency management officials said they were "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster".

North and SC and Virginia have already declared states of emergency, and officials have begun evacuations in North Carolina.

Hurricane Florence is guaranteed to bring some rain and wind to Summerville but the main concern is whether or not we will get a direct hit. "The best safety plan is preparation and common sense".

The storm's potential path also includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and numerous hog farms that store animal waste in massive open-air lagoons.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Monday that President Donald Trump had a briefing call at the White House about Hurricane Florence with the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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