Monday, 24 September, 2018

Hurricane Florence targets U.S. East Coast

TROPICS: Florence to become a hurricane today; TD 9 strengthening State of emergency called in North Carolina as tropical storm Florence nears US East Coast
| 10 September, 2018, 12:13

The storm is expected to become more powerful by Monday and will become a major Hurricane.

The storm brings with it an increasing risk of two life-threatening impacts: storm surge along the coast and freshwater flooding from prolonged rains, the hurricane center said.

Storm-force winds could begin buffeting the Carolina coast by Wednesday night, the NHC said.

"The National Hurricane Center says Florence could make landfall by Friday in the Southeast U.S. and that residents from SC to the mid-Atlantic need to get ready". Meanwhile, Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune urged residents to secure their homes, but said it's too early to know if evacuations will be ordered.

While there's been remarkable agreement with the latest forecast models on Florence's track, the "cone of uncertainty" still stretches as far south as Georgia, and as for north as Virginia.

Naval Station Norfolk says its employees should not leave their vehicles parked at the sprawling Virginia base in coming days because of the possibility of flooding from approaching Hurricane Florence.

Risky swells generated by Florence affected Bermuda and have begun to reach parts of the Eastern Seaboard.

Carnival Horizon which is the newest Carnival Cruise Ship has now canceled its scheduled port of call in Puerto Rico due to Florence which is now a category 1 Hurricane. Instead the ship will now head to The Bahamas.


Carnival Cruise Line has chose to cancel the secluded port of call in San Juan Puerto Rico for the Carnival Horizon. It is expected to arrive in NY on September 13.

Tropical storm-force winds are winds of at least 39 miles per hour.

"Make your plans now", South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster urged residents during a news conference on Sunday.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said in a statement Sunday that coastal and inland residents alike need to get ready for potentially heavy rainfall and flooding from the storm. Drawing energy from the warm water, it could be a fearsome Category 4 with winds of 130 miles per hour (209 kph) or more by Tuesday, the Miami-based centre said.

Cooper said that many North Carolina farmers lost a significant number of crops when Hurricane Matthew hit in 2016, so the State of Emergency gave them time to prepare before the storm arrives. Forecasters predicted it would become a risky Category 4 storm before a possible landfall Friday.

Helene is expected to go out to sea after passing the Cabo Verde Islands, but Isaac could be on a path to the Caribbean, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria almost a year ago.

Tropical Storm Helene is also Cat. 1.

The storm's maximum sustained winds are near 110 km/h with higher gusts. The university said Sunday that it has issued a voluntary evacuation for students starting at midday Monday, noting classes would be cancelled.

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