Hurricane Florence approaches east United States, set to become ‘extremely dangerous’ storm

Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence

Florence's center will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday and approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday, according to the center.

Florence was a Category 3 hurricane as of 11 a.m. Monday, with sustained winds of 115 miles per hour.

Florence is now a major Category 4 hurricane with winds of 140 miles per hour.

The center of Florence was forecast to sweep between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday before making its assault on the US coast.

Hurricane Florence forecasts are increasingly pointing towards the possibility of a landfall somewhere on the USA east coast, with model spread now indicating anywhere the Carolina's as the likely landfall spot, while intensity guidance still shows Florence regaining major hurricane status.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Goes-East weather-monitoring satellite captured an eye-opening loop of Florence churning in the Atlantic.

Hurricane Florence is now a Category 2 storm and is still forecast to slam into the southeastern United States. Hurricane Helene is expected to turn north into the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Forecasters said it is too early to know the exact path Florence will take but warned that it could roll ashore in the Carolinas by Thursday.

"The bottom line is that there is increasing confidence that Florence will be a large and extremely risky hurricane, regardless of its exact intensity", Blake said. The Navy planned to send ships from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia out to sea.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Maui County and Hawaii County and a tropical storm watch is in effect for Oahu.

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“Swells generated by Florence are affecting Bermuda and are beginning to reach portions of the US East Coast. Residents should continue preparing for the likelihood of direct impacts from the storm, which could include intense flooding, rainfall, damaging winds, large and risky surf and storm surge.

The governors of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia have declared emergencies.

Cooper has requested President Donald Trump to issue a disaster declaration for the state to relief can be delivered to affected areas as soon as possible after the storm passes.

Florence was producing large swells expected to reach from the northern Caribbean to the southern coasts of Canada's Maritime provinces.

Isaac became the fifth hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic Season and the third storm being actively tracked in a busy weather weekend.

The center of the strong storm is about 1,240 miles east-southeast of Bald Head Island, with the hurricane moving westward at roughly 13 mph.

"Florence is rapidly strengthening this morning", the National Hurricane Center advisory said.

According to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, a Category 4 storm means 'Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls.

The United States was hit with a series of high-powered hurricanes a year ago, including Hurricane Maria, which killed some 3,000 people in Puerto Rico, and Hurricane Harvey, which killed about 68 people and caused an estimated $1.25 billion in damage with catastrophic flooding in Houston.

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