Hurricane Florence strengthens to potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm

Hurricane Florence strengthens to potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm

Hurricane Florence strengthens to potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm

It said that this motion is expected to continue for the next few days.

As of 5 a.m. EDT, Florence was centered about 625 miles (1,005 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda, moving west at 9 mph (15 kph). It comes after he approved a similar declaration for North and SC, which are now in the bull's-eye of the powerful Category 4 storm.

As of Monday evening, Hurricane Florence was moving west-northwest at 13 miles per hour. It is over warm water and a favorable upper level environment so rapid strengthening is forecast and Florence is forecast to be a major hurricane Monday morning.

The main concern continues to be Florence as the hurricane will be a direct threat to the USA later this week.

Florence, the most powerful storm to menace the USA mainland this year, intensified into a Category 4 hurricane as it howled closer to the Carolinas on Monday, prompting evacuations of more than 1 million people to higher ground. The storm was located roughly 1,170 miles east-southeast of the Cape Fear region, and remained a unsafe Category 4 storm.

Residents of North Carolina's low-lying barrier islands say they have already felt the impacts of Hurricane Florence.

Florence is so wide that a life-threatening storm surge was being pushed 300 miles ahead of its eye, and so wet that a swath from SC to OH and Pennsylvania could get deluged.

At 11 a.m. Monday, Florence was 580 miles southeast of Bermuda, moving west at 13 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham warned that Florence was forecast to linger over the Carolinas once it reaches shore.

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The storm is expected to be a Category 4 storm at landfall, where it will be a "huge rain producer". This pattern will lead to catastrophic conditions in South and North Carolina as well as Virginia.

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Forecasters for AccuWeather and Global Weather Cycles and Oscillations told Daily Star Online they are both predicting an above-average season - the third in a row.

The storm may sit over parts of the mid-Atlantic for days, like Harvey did in Texas previous year, bringing major flooding to an area that has already seen above-average rainfall in recent months.

Hurricane Helene is strengthening rapidly as it moves across the tropical Atlantic. Gov. Roy Cooper declared North Carolina under a state of emergency last Friday. A turn toward the northwest and then north-northwest is forecast on Wednesday and Thursday.

A hurricane watch is now in effect for Guadeloupe, Martinique and Dominica, while a tropical storm watch is in effect for Antigua and Montserrat. We're just a strip of land - we're a barrier island.

It may be the peak of hurricane season for the Atlantic basin, but the strongest tropical system on Earth right now is half a world away, in the western Pacific.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 105 miles per hour with higher gusts.

Initial predictions didn't quite pan out this year - so far, we've had nine named storms and five hurricanes.

Issac is expected to gain strength in the next days, but then weaken by the middle of the week when it approaches the Caribbean.

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