Hurricane Florence: Alamance links and info for the storm

Hurricane Florence: Alamance links and info for the storm

Florence's centre was expected to move over the Atlantic Ocean between the Bahamas and Bermuda on Tuesday and Wednesday before approaching North and SC on Thursday.

Hurricane Florence underwent a rapid intensification Monday morning, strengthening to category 4 intensity with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour.

The National Hurricane Center, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said that Hurricane Florence may lead to a life-threatening storm surge and rainfall.

"The forecast places North Carolina in the bull's eye of Hurricane Florence, and the storm is rapidly getting stronger", Gov. Roy Cooper said Monday.

The first effects were already being seen on barrier islands as unsafe rip currents hit beaches and seawater flowed over a state highway.

Swells from the storm are already reaching Bermuda and parts of the USA coast.

Some meteorologists are already predicting that Florence "could be one of the worst storms in USA history".

The Dare County Commission ordered evacuations of Hatteras Island, also part of the Outer Banks, on Monday and Tuesday. This is the eleventh year on record that the Atlantic has had three or more named storms simultaneously.

"As a result, people from southeastern Virginia to southern New Jersey could have damaging winds and significant coastal flooding, even if Florence hovers or moves ashore in North Carolina".

The storm is so huge that SC won't be spared even if it escapes the eye of the hurricane.

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Because Florence is expected to stall after landfall, the rain is forecast to hit the same area for a long period of time.

In Brunswick County, in the far southeast corner of the state, the county government ordered the mandatory evacuation of people in low-lying areas and the voluntary evacuation of other areas.

Download the free AccuWeather app to stay up-to-date with Florence's expected track and impacts to the United States.

"The bottom line is that there is increasing confidence that Florence will be a large and extremely risky hurricane, regardless of its exact intensity", he said.

State emergency officials say some areas of the Commonwealth could see catastrophic levels of flooding. SC governor Henry McMaster also suspended his campaign and asked President Donald Trump for a federal emergency declaration.

"We know the evacuation order I'm issuing will be inconvenient", McMaster said.

"Florence is expected to be an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday (Sept. 13)", said officials.

Florence became the first Category 4 hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season last week but later weakened due to a zone of strong wind shear and cooler waters.

"A west- northwestward motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected through late Tuesday, followed by a turn toward the northwest and then toward the north-northwest on Wednesday and Thursday", the NHC said. Extremely unsafe hurricane-force winds could batter it Thursday into Friday.

Hurricane Florence, meanwhile, is still forecast to strike North Carolina and SC on September 13.

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