Mass evacuations ordered as Hurricane Florence heads toward Carolinas

Mass evacuations ordered as Hurricane Florence heads toward Carolinas

Mass evacuations ordered as Hurricane Florence heads toward Carolinas

A stall or slow forward speed would also greatly enhance inland flooding of streams and rivers. Meanwhile, UNC, North Carolina State and Wake Forest all issued statements saying they were monitoring the storm, with N.C. State and UNC noting they were also consulting with regional authorities.

North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia will likely experience the brunt of the storm, with a possibility of up to 40 inches of rain, in addition to hurricane winds.

Travel was expected to be impacted by Florence. Many teachers and school staff reportedly evacuated on Monday.

In addition, in the Pacific, what's now Hurricane Olivia is forecast to approach Hawaii as a tropical storm on Tuesday.

Very warm water and low wind shear may allow additional strengthening through midweek. But it's such a large storm that the rain will keep coming down in the region no matter where it wanders.

Mindful of devastation wrought by a string of deadly USA hurricanes past year, residents in the Carolinas began the rituals of disaster preparation - boarding up windows and stocking up on groceries, water and gasoline. Swim parallel to the shore until you are free of the current's grip.

"Florence has continued to rapidly strengthen", the NHC said.

Hurricane Florence intensified rapidly to a category 4 storm Monday with sustained winds of 140 miles per hour., tracking toward the North Carolina coast with an expected landfall as early as Thursday.

He wrote: "My people just informed me that this is one of the worst storms to hit the East Coast in many years".

For many, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge: If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could carry torrential rains up into the Appalachian mountains, causing flash floods, mudslides and other unsafe weather across a wide area.

Central North Carolina's coastal counties are bracing for Florence to hit the area on Thursday, bringing potential floods and a threat of tornados, according to Dare County officials.

That means the hurricane will be dumping rain over multiple East Coast states, and it's not just a coastal problem. However, these two are predicted to not cause as much damage as expected of Hurricane Florence. In addition, because the ground is likely to be saturated, trees will be vulnerable in strong winds.

"This storm gets stronger and stronger" on its way to a head-on impact with a zone that ranges some 80 miles, Myers said.

"Don't concentrate on the exact forecast track of Hurricane #Florence".

Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 140 miles per hour (220 kph) as it moved west-northwest at 13 miles per hour (20 kph).

By noon on Monday, Florence had top sustained winds of 130mph.

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

"As of right now, as of the 11 o'clock advisory, we don't anticipate any significant issues from Hurricane Florence, " said Chatham Emergency Management Agency Director Dennis Jones at a press conference Monday afternoon. "If you do not have a hurricane planin place, do so immediately".

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