Hurricane Florence Strengthens, Poses Major Threat to Southeast and Mid-Atlantic

Hurricane Florence

- Hurricane Florence has continued to rapidly intensify, now reaching Category 4 storm strength as it closes in on the Carolinas.

At this height of the Atlantic hurricane season, Florence was being trailed on east-to-west paths by two other hurricanes, Helene and Isaac. It would also mean a "massive rain event" from as far north as Virginia all the way down to SC. "We encourage anyone in the path of these storms to prepare themselves and to heed the warnings of State and Local officials".

Where is the hurricane now?

As of Monday morning, September 10, the hurricane was about 625 miles southeast of Bermuda, says the National Hurricane Center.

"NOAA Hurricane Hunter plane investigating Florence found that its winds had increased to 130 miles per hour late Monday morning", said The Weather Channel.

The center of Florence was forecast to sweep between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday before making its assault on the US coast.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles from the center.

What else should I know?

North Carolina ordered residents to evacuate the state's Outer Banks barrier islands, and the governors of Virginia, North Carolina and SC declared states of emergency.

Florence, a Category 4 hurricane, is expected to make landfall in SC or North Carolina on Thursday. The state's emergency management agency said it is "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster".


"We here in North Carolina are bracing for a hard hit", Cooper said during a press conference outlining the state's preparations.

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

The NHC added that Florence, which reached major hurricane status several days ago but weakened into a tropical storm, now has an eye.

Large swells are already affecting Bermuda and parts of the U.S. East Coast, according to the NHC.

Interests from SC through coastal Virginia should continue to pay close attention to future forecasts.

NHC director Ken Graham, says that Hurricane Florence is likely to slow down as it approaches the Carolinas - which could have devastating consequences for residents, reported the Independent. This has every chance of being a historic landfalling hurricane for the North Carolina coastline should the track remain unchanged.

The US Navy ordered ships at its major base in Hampton Roads, Virginia, to put to sea, saying "the forecasted destructive winds and tidal surge are too great to keep the ships in port".

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, near the shore, canceled its upcoming alumni weekend and all classes starting at noon Monday, encouraging its students to leave campus for a safer location. It has maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour and is moving to the west at 13 miles per hour.

The International Space Station captured photos and video of massive Hurricane Florence spiraling over the Atlantic, and those images captivated people on social media.

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