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Hurricane Florence Could Be East Coast's Strongest Storm In Decades

Hurricane Florence Could Be East Coast's Strongest Storm In Decades

As of 11 a.m. ET, the storm sits 575 miles southeast of Bermuda and is likely to reach the East Coast later this week with life-threatening storm surge, destructive winds and massive inland rainfall flooding. In the Pacific from left to right you see Hurricane Olivia and Tropical Storm Paul.

Where is the hurricane now?

In a tweet Monday, President Donald Trump urged the "incredible citizens" of the Carolinas and the East Coast to prepare for Hurricane Florence.

As of Sunday night, the hurricane was centered in southeast Bermuda and moving west at 7 miles per hour.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence was expected to slam into the coast around North and SC as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane on Thursday or Friday.

The center also said that Hurricane Isaac, much farther out to sea, has become the 5th named hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season. There is a very real possibility that Florence becomes a rare and unsafe Category 5 storm over the next 36 hours!

The National Hurricane Center forecasts Florence to hit the shore late Thursday night or early Friday morning.

What else should I know?

TODAY weather forecast Al Roker warned residents on the East Coast to prepare for tropical force winds and up to 20 inches of rain if the storm moves inland. SC emergency management officials said they were "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster".

Download the Ready NC app or follow NC Emergency Management on Facebook and Twitter for weather updates and to learn how you can prepare for the storm.

"This storm is a monster", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said at a news conference on Tuesday. Though an exact location wasn't known, landfall was generally predicted Monday to be just north of the Cape Fear region near Wilmington, about 100 miles south of the Havelock area.

In an earlier update, officials said Florence's winds could reach 150 mph over the next 36 hours. More evacuation orders are likely to come.

Meanwhile, forecasters urged residents to complete such storm preparations by the end of Wednesday, saying some impacts from Florence were nearly a certainty by Thursday.

"The chances of it going out to sea are extremely slim at this point", she said.

"Pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of SC and is going to go way inshore", McMaster said in a press conference.

"Literally, they are filling buggies full of water, shopping carts full of water", Ryan Deeck, grocery department manager at a Walmart, told The Sun News in Myrtle Beach.

Southeastern North Carolina remains in the middle of the storm's "cone of uncertainty", with the cone extending from roughly Hilton Head, S.C., in the south to the Chesapeake Bay in the north. Two other storms also are churning in the Atlantic.

Florence went through significant strengthening and intensification Monday morning, starting the day as a Category 2 hurricane and strengthening to Category 4 by afternoon.


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