Carolinas brace for the worst as monstrous Hurricane Florence nears

Carolinas brace for the worst as monstrous Hurricane Florence nears

Carolinas brace for the worst as monstrous Hurricane Florence nears

The National Hurricane Center issued its first set of Hurricane and Storm Surge Watches Tuesday for the East Coast as Hurricane Florence continues its trek toward North Carolina.

Businesses and homes in the storm's path were boarded up and thousands of people had moved to emergency shelters, officials said, urging anyone who remained near the coast to flee.

Hurricane Florence, carrying winds of up to 130mph as a Category 4 storm, was expected to strengthen and possibly become a Category 5 storm.

On Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center tweeted out predictions for maximum wind gusts that showed Jacksonville, Emerald Isle and North Topsail Beach could see gusts from 125 to 144 miles per hour as the storm moves ashore.

Forecasters also say there's an increasing chance Florence will slow or stall once it reaches land.

As of Tuesday, storm surge and hurricane warnings have been issued along the southeast USA coast from parts of Florida to Cape Cod, MA.

It is now moving west-northwest at about 16 miles per hour and that speed is expected to increase in the next few days, says the center.

A new National Hurricane Center map predicting the likelihood of tropical storm-force winds stretches from northern Florida to eastern Kentucky and OH, and even up to the New York City area - although there's only a 5% to 10% chance of those conditions stretching that far north.

In addition to strong winds, Florence brings the threat of a devastating storm surge - as high as 6-12 feet in the area from Cape Fear, N.C., to Cape Lookout, N.C.

"This increasingly severe, potentially unprecedented storm is hurdling to the epicenter of animal agriculture in North Carolina", said Will Hendrick, a staff attorney and manager for a water campaign in the state for the Waterkeeper Alliance.

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As of 2 p.m., the storm was centred 435 miles (700 kilometres) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving at 16 mph (26 kph). The president signed emergency declarations for the Carolinas and Virginia , a move that frees up federal money and resources.

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Issac is expected to gain strength in the next days, but then weaken by the middle of the week when it approaches the Caribbean. Monday , Florence was 580 miles southeast of Bermuda, moving west at 13 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center .

North Carolina's governor has ordered a mandatory evacuation for the state's barrier islands as Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast.

"Hurricane Florence has the potential to cause catastrophic flooding, especially in our coastal areas", Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said, activating the National Guard. There's a lot of interactions going on between the storm and the environment, and I think that's what makes it a hard problem, but an important one to study.

At this height of the Atlantic hurricane season, Florence was being trailed on east-to-west paths by two other storms, Hurricane Helene and Tropical Storm Isaac, but neither packs the deadly punch of Florence.

"As I tweeted with Harvey last is important to understand the potential one-two punch from Hurricane Florence", University of Georgia meteorologist Marshall Shepherd said. East Carolina officials say they had decided the team wouldn't travel to Blacksburg due to "significant imminent safety concerns", including "perilous travel conditions before, during and after the storm".

If the hurricane makes landfall, this so-called brick wall will likely play the villain again; the brick wall is expected to weaken, meaning it won't help steer Florence out to sea. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is warning residents to get out while roads are still open and uncrowded.

North Carolina has the highest property and casualty insured premiums of the three states at $16 billion, followed by Virginia at $13.6 billion, and SC at $9.5 billion, according to Citi. Before it pummels the United States coastline, Florence could become close to a Category 5 storm - meaning winds could approach 157 miles per hour.

Florence is so wide that a life-threatening storm surge was being pushed 480km ahead of its eye, and so wet that a swath of states from SC to OH and Pennsylvania could get deluged.

"We've seen nor'easters and we've seen hurricanes before", Cooper said, "but this one is different".

Power companies warned residents may be without power for days or weeks.

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