Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Trump approves emergency declaration for NC ahead of Hurricane Florence

Trump approves emergency declaration for NC ahead of Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall on Thursday and will most heavily impact the coastal states of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

Hurricane Florence as seen from the International Space Station on Monday, September 10, 2018. Dare County Emergency Management officials said they'll extend the order to all residents and visitors in other areas beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

HURRICANE Florence could intensify yet again with the monster storm on the brink of a Category 5, prompting evacuations of more than one million people in the U.S. to higher ground.

"There's going to be a lot of water where we don't want it", Pfaff warned in a Monday morning media briefing.

Florence grew into a major hurricane on Monday morning and was upgraded again to a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane strength at midday as its top sustained wind speeds reached 130 miles per hour.

"Florence has continued to rapidly strengthen", the NHC said at 1500 GMT.

It has been a calmer than-normal tropical storm season up until this point, yet things are grabbing big: three hurricanes are beating in the Atlantic, with Hurricane Florence quickly moving toward the US East Coast.

"Please take all necessary precautions".

"We have already began mobilizing our assets to respond accordingly, and we are here for you!" he wrote on Twitter. "We live paycheck to paycheck, being a military family, and it's four days until payday". "We just happen to be right in the middle". The storm will also be in a position where it can continue to collect more moisture from the Atlantic - and that's an alarming combination. "This is probably the only exercise I get this week".

But remember, Florence isn't the only storm to keep track of.

While a statement from Ralph Northam, Virginia Governor, added that it could be the "most significant hurricane event in decades" before warning of "catastrophic inland flood, high winds and power outages".

Almost 30 ships were preparing to depart early yesterday. It was moving west at 13 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.

During a press conference Monday morning, N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper said his state is "in the bull's-eye" of the storm. Total rainfall from the storm is projected at 10 to 15 inches, with isolated amounts over 20 inches.

Impacts of the storm are likely to begin tomorrow.

Quagliariello advised the public to consider the path's "cone of uncertainty", which shows where the hurricane is likely to go two-thirds of the time. At that point the storm was centred about 1,880 km east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, the NHC said.

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

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