Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Laverne Osborne

Hurricane Florence: US southeast braces for direct hit from 'monster' storm

Hurricane Florence: US southeast braces for direct hit from 'monster' storm

Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean provides update on storm track.

The hurricane, which is now whipping up winds at 130 miles per hour, is a Category 4 storm and forecast to make landfall later this week on the coast of the Carolinas.

Where is the hurricane now?

According to its current track, Florence is expected to make landfall along the Southeast or Mid-Atlantic coast Thursday.

Forecasters said early Monday afternoon that data indicated Florence has maximum sustained winds near 130 miles per hour and a minimum central pressure of 946 millibars (27.93 inches).

Hurricane Florence strengthened "rapidly" on Monday, September 10, and is now a powerful Category 4 hurricane, USA forecasters said, as governors of 3 eastern U.S. states declared an emergency and told residents to prepare for the storm.

While the hurricane center says Isaac is a very small hurricane, its intensity could fluctuate as it approaches the Caribbean - but it's still expected to be at or near hurricane strength by the time it reaches the Lesser Antilles. "Storm Surge and Hurricane watches could be issued for portions of these areas by Tuesday (Sept. 11) morning", said the NHC in the update.

The governors of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia have declared states of emergency.

"We don't want to gamble with a single SC life", McMaster (above) said. As a result, assets from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) were already arriving in the Palmetto State to "help coordinate federal resources should they be needed".

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During a press conference Monday morning, N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper said his state is "in the bull's-eye" of the storm.

I'll have more on Florence later today. He told The Chronicle Sunday that once Florence hits land, destructive winds and vast rainfall flooding may take hold of the area.

The storm threatened to hit coastal North and SC with 215km/h winds and massive waves when it makes landfall on Friday, and its rains will take a heavy toll for miles inland, the National Hurricane Center in Miami warned. Even inland areas have the potential for Category 1 or 2 storms.

"I need my stuff for [my] grandbabies - baby food and snacks", she said.

Duke Energy is already projecting widespread power outages in the Carolinas that could take days to weeks to restore, spokeswoman Grace Rountree said. Tropical storm watches and warnings have been issued for the islands.

It's looking like Cape Cod will be spared from a direct hit of a major hurricane this week, according to the latest forecasts.

"Life-threatening freshwater flooding is likely from a prolonged and exceptionally heavy rainfall event, which may extend inland over the Carolinas and Mid Atlantic for hundreds of miles as Florence is expected to slow down as it approaches the coast and moves inland".

Two other hurricanes are now churning in the Atlantic Ocean.

Effects from the hurricane will occur outside that cone, he said, predicting some effects will be felt more than 100 miles from the storm's center. Like Haley, McMaster also closed schools and government offices across the Midlands region of SC in order to allow roadways to accommodate the exodus from the coast.

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