Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Florence Expected To Be Category 4 Hurricane As It Nears Eastern Seaboard

Powerful hurricane could be headed to southeast US Florence continues to intensify and East Coast landfall appears imminent (free access)
Andrew Cummings | 10 September, 2018, 07:27

The U.S. East Coast could be hit with a powerful hurricane next week as Tropical Storm Florence continues to strengthen as it moves toward the mainland, forecasters said Saturday.

Service of Jamaica said at 4:00 pm, Isaac was centred 2240 km east of the Windward Islands and is moving toward the west near 19 km/h.

The storm's maximum sustained winds are 50 miles per hour (85 kph) and it is moving west at 8 miles per hour (13 kmh).

A westward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected during the next few days.

Cristi Legare, who got off the boat with her family in 10-degree-weather, says Norwegian Cruise Line told her about the change at around 10 p.m. the night before it left Boston on Friday.

The state of SC also declared a state of emergency on Saturday.

The probably path of Hurricane Florence as of September 9, 2018, estimating the landfall of the storm in the Carolinas at Thursday evening or Friday morning.

At 5:00 p.m. today, the center of Hurricane Helene was located near latitude 13.4 North, longitude 26.0 West. Helene is moving toward the west near 13 miles per hour (20 km/h), and a turn toward the west-northwest is expected on Monday, with a continued west-northwestward motion through Tuesday. Advisories warning of risky beach conditions or coastal flooding were in effect for parts of New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. While forecasters say it's too soon to determine the exact timing and a possible landfall for the storm, people from SC to the mid-Atlantic region should closely monitor the approaching storm.

Powerful hurricane could be headed to southeast US

Swells from the storm, which are likely to cause life-threatening conditions, are already beginning to affect the East Coast.

In Charleston, South Carolina, along the coast, city officials offered sandbags to residents.

After 2016's Hurricane Matthew devastated inland areas of the state, Cooper said people need to be prepared for inland flooding from heavy rain.

They are starting to reach the U.S. coast, with life-threatening surf and rip current conditions likely.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said in a statement on Sunday: "Review your emergency plans and gather your supplies now".

Even further away is Hurricane Helene and her 75 mph winds, which are 145 miles south southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands off the western coast of Africa.

Tropical Storm Helene became Hurricane Helene on Sunday afternoon, as well.

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