Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Research | By Wilma Wheeler

Intensifying Hurricane Florence could strike USA southeast

Intensifying Hurricane Florence could strike USA southeast

The hurricane center warned that the swells are likely to cause "life-threatening" surf and current conditions.

The National Hurricane Center's next update on Hurricane Florence is scheduled for 11 p.m.

A "major" hurricane is one with sustained winds of more than 110 miles per hour.

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.

A warm ocean is the fuel that powers hurricanes, and Florence will be moving over waters where temperatures are peaking near 85 degrees (30 Celsius), hurricane specialist Eric Blake wrote. A turn toward the northwest is forecast to occur on the night of September 12, the NHC said.

"On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday, and approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday", the center said.

Florence is expected to strengthen further.

The costliest hurricane in U.S. history, Katrina was a Category 3 storm when it made landfall on the Gulf Coast in August 2005 - claiming an estimated 1,833 lives. NASA is using its various high-flying tools to monitor the storm, taking precipitations measurements and NOAA's National Hurricane Center is using that data to forecast the storm's progress.

A rip current statement is in effect for all beaches in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties. The Carolina coast needs to brace for impact Thursday and Friday. There is a very real possibility that Florence becomes a rare and risky Category 5 storm over the next 36 hours!

"This storm gets stronger and stronger" on its way to a head-on impact with a zone that ranges some 80 miles, Myers said.

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

In the Pacific, Hurricane Olivia triggered warnings for multiple Hawaiian islands as it blew west toward an arrival over the state as soon as late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

But the large storm's tropical-storm-force winds could start to reach the coast of the Carolinas as early as Wednesday night, the NHC said.

On North Carolina's Outer Banks, Dawn Farrow Taylor, 50, was gathering photos and important documents and filling prescriptions Monday before heading inland. The northern-most landfall, was made by Hazel, a devastating and deadly storm that struck close to the South Carolina/North Carolina border in October of 1954.

Rules pertaining to weight restrictions and hours of service have been relaxed for certain truckers in North Carolina as the state braces for Hurricane Florence.

Hurricane Florence is rapidly intensifying and could strike a direct and unsafe blow anywhere from the Carolinas to the Mid-Atlantic region later this week, possibly as a fearsome category 4, forecasters said.

"This one is hard", she said, having been through hurricane damage before.

Another model projects the storm making landfall in the Myrtle Beach, S.C., area but missing the trough and languishing over the Southern Appalachians and dumping lots of rain in the mountains. "We just happen to be right in the middle".

Residents prepared by boarding up their homes and stripping grocery stores bare of food, water and supplies.

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