Hurricane Florence to strengthen through Wednesday night: NHC

Hurricane Florence to strengthen through Wednesday night: NHC

Hurricane Florence to strengthen through Wednesday night: NHC

It is a potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm with 130mph maximum sustained winds.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said the impact of the storm would be widespread, hitting the coast early Friday morning.

Masters said there's a tug-of-war between two clear skies high pressure systems - one off the coast and one over MI - and the more the Great Lakes one wins, the more southerly Florence will be. "Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you", said ESA's astronaut Alexander Gerst on Twitter.

USA insurers are bracing for what could be $20 billion in losses as Hurricane Florence barrels toward the Carolinas and Virginia, bringing punishing rains and potentially deadly flooding.

It's rare for a hurricane to move south, in fact, there has never been a recorded hurricane that has drifted south, according to the Post and Courier.

Michael Kennedy, an engineer at Boeing, said he planned to leave for his parents' home in Atlanta, Georgia.

The National Hurricane Center's projected track has Florence hovering off the southern North Carolina coast from Thursday night until landfall on Saturday morning. In addition to giving residents enough time to make it out, North and SC have enacted emergency price-gouging laws to keep business and gas stations from upping their prices in the lead-up to Florence's arrival.

Based on the 11 a.m. forecast and and acting on a recommendation from Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) officials, Gov. Nathan Deal issued an emergency declaration for all 159 counties in Georgia.

"Forecasts generally project the storm to make landfall between northern SC and North Carolina's Outer Banks as a strong Category 3 on Thursday, although shifts in the track are possible and storm impacts will expand great distances beyond where landfall occurs".

The shift south and west will encompass more of SC and western North Carolina. Tropical Storm Isaac was east of the Lesser Antilles and expected to pass south of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Cuba, while Hurricane Helene was moving northward away from land.

Mayor Joe Benson said the storm will batter the oceanside town through two high tide periods.

All three states ordered mass evacuations along the coast.

Rain measured in feet is "looking likely", he said.

The Virginia National Guard is planning to initially bring up to 1,500 soldiers and airmen to offer help in the state's response operations.

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand.

"The power will be off for weeks", Long said.

In Wilmington, the fire department is urging people to prepare for at least seven days of hardship, collecting water and nonperishable foods.

The Hurricane season 2018 is expected to last till November. Florence is now heading for ocean water with surface temperatures of around 85 degrees, meaning it will likely strengthen on its way to the East Coast.

There has been a dramatic change in the projected path of the first hurricane of the season expected to make landfall on the United States. The NHC said the storm, described as "an extremely unsafe major hurricane", might push a "life-threatening" surge of seawater ashore into some areas.

Caitie Sweeney of Myrtle Beach texts her family while visiting the beach ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Florence is the most unsafe of three tropical systems in the Atlantic. "The situation would probably start deteriorating late tonight - maybe a bit cloudy - and then get progressively worse during the day (Thursday)", he said.

The National Hurricane Center projects rainfall anywhere from 5 to 20 inches across SC.

"A motion toward the northwest is forecast to begin by this afternoon and continue through Thursday", the hurricane center says.

Hurricane force winds can be expected up to 70-miles from the center of the storm, and tropical storm force winds can reach up to 175-miles.

NASA called the footage "a stark and sobering view" of the storm. "It goes well inland".

US President Donald Trump on Twitter warned of the storm's dangers and praised his administration's handling of past hurricanes, rejecting criticism for its response to Hurricane Maria a year ago in Puerto Rico.

The wide storm weakened to a Category 3 hurricane Wednesday and forecasters expect it to weaken further as it nears the shore. You never know. But we know.

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