Hurricane Florence Now Cat 4 Storm, Carolinas Bracing For The Worst

Hurricane Florence Now Cat 4 Storm, Carolinas Bracing For The Worst

With the state of emergency declared and Hurricane Florence, a category 4 hurricane, headed toward the east coast, the University of SC is going to have some decisions to make, especially with a home football game against Marshall on Saturday night.

Historically, 90 per cent of fatalities from hurricanes, tropical storms and tropical depressions have been caused by water, NHC spokesman Dennis Feltgen said.

Florence was upgraded to a Category 4 storm just after 12 p.m. Monday, as the rapidly strengthening storm moved westward through the Atlantic, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Isaac is located about 1,090 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, the NHC said in its latest update Monday.

"Rapid strengthening is forecast, and Florence is forecast to become a major hurricane this morning, and is expected to remain an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday", it said.

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Florence is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Forecasts call for 25-38 cm of rain in the hardest-hit areas, possibly more if the storm stalls over land, as expected.

For many people, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge: If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could bring torrential rains to the Appalachian mountains and as far away as West Virginia, causing flash floods, mudslides and other risky conditions.

The hurricane's impacts could range from a strong storm surge to flooding from torrential rainfall and hurricane-force winds.

There is a large spread in the model guidance later this week so there is not high confidence in this forecast. "Flooding is the deadliest result of these storms".

The US navy has ordered ships at its major base in Hampton Roads, Virginia, base to put to sea, saying "the forecasted destructive winds and tidal surge are too great to keep the ships in port".

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The hurricane will pose a pretty serious threat to the East Coast and is expected to produce winds of around 140 miles per hour as it makes landfall.

Henry McMaster issued a mandatory evacuation ahead of Hurricane Florence for all coastal counties in SC on Monday, including Beaufort, Colleton, and Jasper counties.

"We are in the bull's-eye", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said at a news conference. "Damaging hurricane-force winds are likely along portions of the coasts of SC and North Carolina, and a Hurricane Watch will likely be issued by Tuesday morning".

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster estimated about one million residents were under orders to evacuate the coast of his state.

PETERSBURG — Two hurricanes are active in the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center. It was centered about 1,230 miles (1,985 kilometers) east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and moving west at 13 mph (20 kph).

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Helene is a Category 2 storm that's even farther off the coast than both of the other storms, but it's not expected to ever make landfall. The storm now has maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour and gusts as high as 90 miles per hour.

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