Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Carolinas brace as Florence strengthens to Category 4 hurricane

Carolinas brace as Florence strengthens to Category 4 hurricane

Hurricane Florence intensified rapidly to a category 4 storm Monday with sustained winds of 140 miles per hour., tracking toward the North Carolina coast with an expected landfall as early as Thursday.

And with little wind shear to pull the storm apart, Florence's hurricane wind field was expected to expand over the coming days, increasing its storm surge and inland wind threats. 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.

I have ordered a full coastal evacuation effective noon tomorrow, Tuesday, September 11.

National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham is warning that the "staggering" size of Florence means its impacts will be felt far and wide.

The National Hurricane Center announced Florence was increased to a Category 4 hurricane Monday morning, with a projected path toward the Carolinas.

"Go ahead and put those things together now and if you can do that we'll be a much more resilient community", Jones said.

Lining up behind Florence, Isaac was about 1,150 miles east of the Windward Islands with top winds of 75 mph early Monday, accelerating on a path to cross into the lower Caribbean Thursday as a weak hurricane. "Wind could move water into the tidal Potomac and the Chesapeake Bay", Pallozzi says, emphasizing that those flooding concerns will mainly be along the coastline of the rivers. And it looks like right (inaudible) bull's eye of the storm is due (inaudible).

The massive hurricane is closing in on the Carolinas and Virginia and could cause disastrous weather as far as Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

A hurricane's numerical classification tends to dominate the headlines, but it tells only part of the story - it rates a storm's wind speeds - and not necessarily the most life-threatening part. Extremely unsafe hurricane-force winds could batter it Thursday into Friday.

"We want to reiterate that yes, lots of the guidance is taking it toward northeast SC but we still need to be on guard with a turn more toward the Charleston area looking less likely at this point", Bright said late Monday morning.

This photo provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, as it threatens the U.S. East Coast. "It is still expected to be a large and extremely unsafe hurricane when it makes landfall", expected late Thursday.

As of Tuesday, Florence was driving sustained winds up to 140 miles per hour. And Florence could cause extensive freshwater flooding for two reasons.

The National Hurricane Center is offering that warning on Tuesday morning as hurricane watches and storm surge watches were issued for the coasts of North Carolina and SC for the first time.

Olivia's maximum sustained winds are about 60 miles per hour, after the storm weakened from Category 1 strength, forecasters said.

"Florence is going to be an extremely risky major hurricane", said Jeff Masters, co-founder of Weather Underground in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

"I don't think many of us have ever been through a Category 4".

NOAA's latest "probable" models see the center of the storm at the North Carolina coast at 2 a.m. EDT Friday and in central North Carolina at 2 a.m. Saturday.

Some strengthening is expected during the next 36 hours, and Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday.

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