Florence Expected To Be Cat 4 Hurricane As It Nears Eastern Seaboard

Hurricane Florence

Parts of the Mid-Atlantic, especially from Virginia to Pennsylvania, have received 150 to 300 percent of their normal rainfall since May.

The governors of North and SC and Virginia declared states of emergency far ahead of the storm to get ready.

A National Hurricane Center graphic showing the potential track for Hurricane Florence, as of 11 a.m.

Improving atmospheric conditions were expected to allow Florence to regain its former strength.

Video: North Carolina National Guard troops have been activated as New Hanover County declares a state of emergency.

United States residents have been warned to prepare for the hurricane's impact. Mandatory evacuation orders also were issued for more than 50,000 people from Hatteras and Ocracoke, the southernmost of North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier islands. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. The state's emergency management agency said it is "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster".

The farther south the center of Florence is able to move, the windier it will be here in central Georgia.

The tropics were slow to wake up this year, but they have certainly come to life in a big way in over the last week.

Florence strengthened into a hurricane again Sunday as forecasters warned the menacing storm could deliver a brutal hit along the East Coast by the end of the week. The Category 4 storm is expected to make landfall sometime Thursday or Friday, bringing major impacts to North and SC including the potential for heavy rain.

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In Jacksonville, North Carolina, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) inland, some residents picked up hurricane supplies during their normal weekend shopping, The Daily News reported. However it's still expected to be at or near hurricane strength by the time it reaches the Lesser Antilles. This system will likely become a tropical storm today and a hurricane Sunday or Monday.

On its current track, the storm could make landfall around the Carolinas on Thursday or Friday.

Winds will begin hitting the Carolina coast 8 p.m. Wednesday and the middle of the two states by 8 a.m. That storm was centred 185 km south southeast of the islands. Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune urged people to secure their homes but said it was too early to know if evacuations will be ordered. It could be cooler Sunday, if the storm remnants move into our area.

This, unfortunately will mean that Florence has a much higher chance of affecting the US east coast by later in the week. The storms are two of three hurricanes now spinning in the Atlantic. People in coastal communities are taking all precautions.

Generators, bottled water and snacks were flying off the shelves of area retailers over the weekend as forecasts called for higher chances that Hurricane Florence could hit the area.

The hurricane's path was still far from certain Monday. Forecasters predicted it would become a unsafe Category 4 storm before a possible landfall Friday. "10.html">the school said in a statement posted online.

The National Hurricane Center forecasts Florence will be a risky major hurricane near the southeastern US coast by late next week, "and the risk of direct impacts continues to increase". Drawing energy from the warm water, the now Category 2 storm could be a fearsome Category 4 with winds of 130 miles per hour (209 kph) or more by Tuesday.

It's not clear where or if Florence will make landfall, but the risk of direct impacts continues to increase, according to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center. If these disturbance become tropical storms, they will be named Helene and Isaac.

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