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Florence restrengthens into a hurricane, approaching East Coast

Florence restrengthens into a hurricane, approaching East Coast

Emergency officials are urging residents to prepare for severe storms that are forecast to hit the East Coast and Hawaii over the next week at what is the peak of this year's hurricane season.

The Miami-based hurricane center said that it is too early to know what path the storm will take, but that it could roll ashore in the Carolinas by Friday.

This enhanced satellite image provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Florence, third from right, in the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018.

But Hurricane Center officials warned that anyone in coastal and inland locations from SC to the mid-Atlantic region should "closely monitor the progress of Florence, ensure that they have their hurricane plan in place, and follow any advice given by local officials".

Florence may hit the Carolinas and enter Central Virginia, dropping more than 20 inches of rain in some areas. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will remain in the forecast for Sunday.

The National Hurricane Center, along with local branches of the National Weather Service and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper are warning that the biggest dangers from Florence facing the Carolinas now are unsafe ocean conditions and storm surge flooding on the coast and freshwater flooding from "prolonged, heavy rain inland", according to the NHC. Forecasters had predicted between nine and 13 named storms this season, four to seven of them hurricanes.

Isaac's maximum sustained winds have increased to near 70 miles per hour (110 km/h) with higher gusts.

The Ministry said the Emergency Broadcast station on 100.1fm is in operation, and official information will continue to be released by the Bermuda Weather Service, the Emergency Measures Organisation, the Ministry of National Security and the Department of Communications. "Make sure you have a plan for yourself and your family members, to include your pets".

The Navy planned to send ships from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia out to sea.

"Experience has shown us that storms and heavy wind and rain can affect the entire state, so we must all be alert and ready", he said in a news release on Sunday.

"OPCON 3 status means that agencies are preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster or emergency situation as we all monitor the Florence forecasts", the agency said. By knowing one's zone before a storm approaches, residents can be prepared when the evacuation order is given.

A tropical storm warning and hurricane watch are in effect for the Cabo Verde islands of Santiago, Fogo, and Brava. Storm surge and large battering waves can result in large loss of life and cause massive destruction along the coast. This flooding can persist for several days after a storm has dissipated.

Isaac's tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center.

Tornadoes can accompany landfalling tropical cyclones.

Risky waves produced by a tropical cyclone's strong winds can pose a significant hazard to coastal residents and mariners. Even inland areas have the potential for Category 1 or 2 storms.


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