Meteorologist's Reaction to Hurricane Florence: 'Wow'

Terry Joseph
September 11, 2018

As data on the storm grows more and more ominous-it will likely be a Category 4 hurricane at least and at this point seems unlikely to blow out to sea-mandatory evacuation orders have already been issued, and Virginia, North Carolina, and SC have preemptively declared states of emergency, ahead of an anticipated landfall that won't occur until roughly Thursday night.

Hurricane-force winds could buffet the Carolinas by Wednesday night with landfall likely in SC and North Carolina on Thursday, followed by heavy rains that could cause flooding in much of the U.S. Southeast, the NHC said. The storm was moving west at 13 mph (20 kmh) and expected to accelerate over the next 36 hours.

"North Carolina is no stranger to hurricanes".

State of Emergency has been declared by North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said Sunday he was asking President Donald Trump for a federal emergency declaration in anticipation of "significant impacts not only on our state but the entire east coast".

He said around one million people would be fleeing the coast.

In Charleston, South Carolina, along the coast, city officials offered sandbags to residents. "Make your plans now", he said.

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In fact, there have only been four other hurricanes in our recorded history (since 1851) that have made landfall along the east coast north of Florida.

Large swells are already affecting Bermuda and parts of the U.S. East Coast, according to the NHC. The Central Pacific Hurricane Center has projected that Olivia will weaken and likely be a tropical storm by the time it hits the islands late Tuesday through Wednesday.

In response to the upgrade, meteorologists and weather-trackers warned people to pay attention to future developments. He said they are planning for a statewide event and that inland counties are also at risk. Florence "is expected to remain an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday", the NHC said in a statement.

Though no coastal advisories are yet in place, the update said that those warnings would likely be forthcoming.

As of 11 a.m. Monday, hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 30 miles from the center of the storm and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center say Florence rapidly intensified Monday morning to a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 130 miles per hour (195 kph).

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of National Security said: “The Ministry is reminding that all public services, including Government offices, public transport and public schools will be open and operational tomorrow, September 10.

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