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Hurricane Florence strengthens to Category 2 storm

Hurricane Florence strengthens to Category 2 storm

Steve Pfaff, a warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Wilmington office, warned impacts could include storm surge and wind damage, although the storm's path remains uncertain at this time.

This many concurrent tropical cyclones is notable, according to NHC scientist Eric Blake. "I can't find another example of a hurricane/typhoon nearing Guam, Hawaii & the eastern United States at nearly exactly the same time (days ~ 4,5,6 respectively)".

The center of the hurricane is predicted to move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas by Wednesday and could intensify into a Category 4 storm, with winds reaching 130-156 miles per hour, before it makes US landfall sometime Thursday or early Friday.

If or when hurricane Florence does make it to the US coastline it could do so as a major hurricane, as intensity forecasts show Florence reaching a higher storm category again. The storm was moving west at 13 miles per hour, and forecast paths show it will likely made landfall near Wilmington on Thursday.

As the danger became clear over the weekend, the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia all declared states of emergency.

A mandatory evacuation was ordered for residents of Hatteras Island and some other areas of Dare County in North Carolina.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster also suspended his campaign and asked President Donald Trump for a federal emergency declaration. "We expect it to move slowly across the ground when it gets here". The northernmost landfall was made by Hazel, a devastating and deadly storm that struck close to the South Carolina/North Carolina border in October of 1954. "Make your plans now", he said.

"To the incredible citizens of North Carolina, South Carolina and the entire East Coast - the storm looks very bad!"

All government services will remain in operation today as Hurricane Florence passes to the south of the island. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months'.

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"Urge people to pay attention inland and promise themselves now that they're not going to drive their auto across any water-covered roads or drive their vehicle around any barricaded roads that are closed", Knabb says.

Food, bottled water, flashlight batteries and plywood flew off the shelves at stores throughout the mid-Atlantic, and in coastal Charleston, SC, city officials were handing out sandbags to residents.

Further to the east, forecasters are also watching hurricanes Isaac and Helene.

According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, Florence rapidly strengthened into a "major" hurricane early Monday morning that will likely bring a "life-threatening" storm surge along portions of the East Coast.

In the Pacific, Tropical Storm Olivia is set to sweep through the Hawaiian islands Tuesday, where tropical storm watches have been posted.

"I don't think many of us have ever been through a Category 4". North Carolina has only been hit by around a dozen less severe Category 3 storms since 1850, with the newly-upgraded hurricane now predicted to cause never before-seen levels of devastation when it arrives later this week.

Knabb tells NPR that this year has been particularly intense in the eastern and central Pacific.

If Florence tracks northward toward Greensboro, he said, Charlotte could still see significant winds. "We're well into the alphabet".


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