Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Hurricane Florence path map: Florence intensifies, posing extreme threat to United States southeast

Hurricane Florence path map: Florence intensifies, posing extreme threat to United States southeast

With maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour (220 kph), Florence was due to grow even stronger before making landfall on Thursday, mostly likely in southeastern North Carolina near the SC border, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

As of 11 a.m. EDT Sunday, the center of Hurricane Florence was about 750 miles southeast of Bermuda and about 610 miles northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands.

Moving toward the west-northwest near 9mph on the forecast track, the centre of Florence will approach the southeastern coast of the United States on Thursday. Models show the storm reaching Category 4 intensity within 48 hours, with winds of 130 mph to 156 mph, hurricane specialist Eric Blake said in a forecast discussion.

Meanwhile, behind Florence is Hurricane Isaac, which had maximum sustained wins at 75 mph and was centered about 1,150 miles east of the Windward Islands, moving west at 14 mph.

Several meteorologists said Florence could do what Hurricane Harvey did over Texas, dumping days of rain, although not quite as bad.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam also declared states of emergency, while Florida Gov. Rick Scott cautioned residents that the storm's path could easily turn south.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's office described Florence as possibly the state's "most significant hurricane event in decades", and warned of "catastrophic inland flooding, high winds and possible widespread power outages".

As a rapidly strengthening Hurricane Florence aims at Southeast coast, behind it Hurricane Helene, Tropical Storm Isaac and one other potential tropical storm are all brewing.

WILMINGTON - All eyes are on Hurricane Florence as the storm continues to strengthen with the Cape Fear Region in its sights.

Florence could trigger heavy flooding as it lingers over areas already drenched by heavy rain, forecasters said. It would also mean a "massive rain event" from as far north as Virginia all the way down to SC.

Rapidly intensifying Hurricane Florence could strike a direct and unsafe blow anywhere from the Carolinas to the Mid-Atlantic region later this week. "I plan to do most of my cooking on the grill". However, as can be seen on the probability for winds greater than 40 miles per hour, gusty conditions will likely be present across the area for Thursday and Friday.

By comparison, Hurricane Matthew was a weak Category 1 storm when it hit Columbus County in 2016.

Red flags flying on beaches warned swimmers to stay out of waters already roiled by the distant storm, and cruise ships and Navy vessels were set to be steered out of harm's way.

It warned people at the coast and inland from SC to the mid-Atlantic region to monitor the storm's progress closely and ensure they have a hurricane plan in place.

The storm "is too powerful and its path is too uncertain to take any chances", South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said in issuing his state´s emergency declaration. Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune urged people to secure their homes but said it's too early to know if evacuations will be ordered.

Right now, many are in agreement the storm will make landfall on the USA coastline.

In southeast Virginia, Naval Station Norfolk told not to leave their vehicles at the sprawling base later this week because of the flood threat.

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