Evacuations in North Carolina as hurricane Florence roars closer

Pablo Tucker
September 11, 2018

Maximum sustained winds were nearly 85 miles per hour Monday morning, the hurricane center said.

Florence, the first major hurricane to threaten the eastern United States this year, was forecast to hit the coast of North Carolina or SC on Thursday.

Interests from SC through coastal Virginia should continue to pay close attention to future forecasts. He also provided helpful pre- and post-storm tips to keep in mind to help keep you and your family safe.

Where is the hurricane now?

The center of the strong storm is about 1,240 miles east-southeast of Bald Head Island, with the hurricane moving westward at roughly 13 mph.


The Atlantic hurricane's maximum sustained winds have increased to almost 130 miles per hour (195 kilometers per hour), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an advisory issued at noon Eastern Time (1600 GMT).

Forecasters said Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic, between Bermuda and the Bahamas, Tuesday and Wednesday - and approach the Carolina coast Thursday.

"Further strengthening is anticipated, and Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday", NHC officials warned in another advisory.

What else should I know?

SC emergency management officials said they were "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster". Cotton, corn and soybean fields, along with massive hog and poultry facilities lie in Florence's forecast path.Smithfield Foods Inc., the No. 1 hog producer, and chicken producer Sanderson Farms Inc. saw North Carolina operations disrupted in 2016 in flooding from Hurricane Matthew. The state's emergency management agency said it is "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster". Other areas along the East coast will likely be affected by winds and flooding. 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, and raising the likelihood of life-threatening freshwater flooding.

Helene, now classified as a tropical storm, is, according to the latest NHS advisory, expected to become a hurricane soon as well.


Though no coastal advisories are yet in place, the update said that those warnings would likely be forthcoming.

Florence is expected to become a major hurricane by Monday, the National Hurricane Center said, adding that "a rapid intensification" is forecast to begin Sunday. "Storm Surge and Hurricane watches could be issued for portions of these areas by Tuesday morning".

Arnold also captured hurricanes Isaac and Helene lining up behind Florence in the Atlantic.

This news about Hurricane Olivia comes just weeks after Hurricane Lane brought 3-4 feet of rainfall to parts of Hawaii.


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