Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sci-tech | By Lila Blake

How Wilmington, N.C., Is Preparing As Hurricane Florence Gets Stronger

How Wilmington, N.C., Is Preparing As Hurricane Florence Gets Stronger

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster ordered a statewide coastal evacuation ahead of Hurricane Florence, which is forecast to slam into the Carolinas as a Category 4 monster storm.

The United States faced a series of high-powered hurricanes a year ago, including Hurricane Maria, which killed some 3,000 people in Puerto Rico, and Hurricane Harvey, which caused an estimated US$1.25 billion in damage when it brought catastrophic flooding to Houston.

Some of Florence's behavior, both what has been seen so far and what experts expect, show the influence of climate change. The storm is so huge that SC won't be spared even if it escapes the eye of the hurricane. As we said, there have been evacuation orders.

Its projected path appears headed through the center of North Carolina but could also veer through SC and Virginia.

Florence grew into a major hurricane on Monday morning and was upgraded again to a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane strength at midday as its top sustained wind speeds reached 130 miles per hour.

"We're just a strip of land - we're a barrier island", she said. "It is likely some areas will flood that have never flooded before".


President Donald Trump is canceling a campaign rally in advance of Hurricane Florence's landfall. And in Virginia, No. 13 Virginia Tech hosts East Carolina - which has already called off classes for the rest of the week as of Tuesday afternoon - while Virginia hosts OH in afternoon games.

A wind pattern that allows a storm to get strong and stay strong.

Hurricanes Florence, Helene, and Isaac are all now brewing in the Atlantic Ocean.

If a major hurricane (Category 3 or higher) does make landfall along the Southeast coast, the rarity of such an event is relevant.

People shop at the Harris Teeter, filling up on water and supplies as Hurricane Florence becomes a threat to the coast Monday in Charleston, S.C. So you know, where we've been able to deploy resources closer to the coast when we had major hurricanes like this that maybe skirt the coast and then move up the coast of North Carolina, up the eastern seaboard - this one seems to be coming into the Wilmington area and then goes right through the state.

Helene - 490km west of the Cape Verde islands off the African coast - has winds up to 150km/h and is expected to continue moving west-northwest for another couple of days, the NHC said in its bulletin.


"I have just been informed that this is one of the worst hurricanes that came to the East coast for many years".

A satellite image shows Hurricane Florence spinning in the Atlantic Ocean Monday morning, September 10, 2018.

Hurricane Florence is packing maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour and higher gusts on Tuesday morning.

By Monday morning, the NHC classified Florence as a "major" Category 3 hurricane, with sustained winds of at least 111 miles per hour. The possibility exists that the storm could be a Category 5, and that it will make North Carolina landfall as only its second Category 4 storm.

Weather models have Florence striking the Carolina coast as a category 3 hurricane.


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