Hurricane Florence grows to Category 4; evacuations ordered

Capture

Capture

As of 12:00 p.m. on Monday, Data from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter indicate that Florence has continued to rapidly strengthen and has maximum sustained winds near 130 miles per hour (195 km/h) and a minimum central pressure of 946 mb making the powerful storm a Category 4.

The largest U.S. Marine Corps base on the East Coast, Camp Lejeune and its extensive beachfront northeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, lie within the NHC's forecast "cone" for possible landfall.

Hurricane Florence's path could still change over the next four days, but it's looking increasingly likely that Charlotte and the city's surrounding communities will feel a taste of the storm's power.

As of 5 a.m. local time today (Sept. 10), Hurricane Florence was churning about 625 miles (1,000 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda, with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph (165 km/h), making it a Category 2 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

The hurricane center warned that the swells are likely to cause "life-threatening" surf and current conditions. Forecasters also cautioned that Hurricane Florence will "remain an extremely unsafe hurricane" as it tracks towards the mainland U.S.

When South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency on Saturday, he also called anti-price-gouging laws into effect.

"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.

The Carolina coast needs to brace for impact Thursday and Friday.

"The storm is strong and getting stronger", Cooper said.

Hurricane Florence is gaining speed in the Atlantic Ocean and expected to become a major hurricane soon.

John Legend Achieves EGOT Status
They join 12 other EGOT recipients including Audrey Hepburn , Scott Rudin, Mel Brooks , Whoopi Goldberg and Robert Lopez . This is a special year for Lloyd Webber to reach the status as this year he also celebrates his 70th birthday.

In Holden Beach, North Carolina, in the storm's path, longtime residents were busy securing their homes and possessions.

"We are in the bull's-eye", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said at a news conference.

"Florence is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale", it noted.

Authorities also warned of life-threatening coastal storm surges and the potential for Florence to unleash prolonged torrential rains and widespread flooding across several states, especially if it lingers inland for several days.

A warm ocean is the fuel that powers hurricanes, and Florence will be moving over waters where temperatures are peaking near 85 degrees (30 Celsius), Blake wrote. "These tropical storms and hurricanes are very unsafe".

The State of Emergency Response Team, which includes the Emergency Management, State Highway Patrol and North Carolina National Guard, are ready to deploy.

"Traffic was backed up for about 9 miles (14 km) in places", said Paul Jones, a retiree who owns a home on the island.

Hurricanes Isaac, which could hit Caribbean islands, and Helene, much farther out to sea, lined up behind Florence as the 2018 Atlantic season reached its peak.

In September 1989, Hurricane Hugo smashed its way up from the SC coast near Charleston and made a beeline for Charlotte, knocking over thousands of trees and leaving many without power for weeks.

In addition, in the Pacific, what's now Hurricane Olivia is forecast to approach Hawaii as a tropical storm on Tuesday.

Recommended News

  • Murder rate borders on war zone, says Cele

    Murder rate borders on war zone, says Cele

    Police committee chair Francois Beukman, who was shocked by this revelation, said that the figure was "unacceptable". South African police also contributed to the killings?
    Florence Strengthens Into Hurricane, Continues Moving Towards East Coast

    Florence Strengthens Into Hurricane, Continues Moving Towards East Coast

    The Navy said all ships in Virginia's coastal Hampton Roads area were preparing to leave port for open seas Monday. As of Saturday morning, Tropical Florence was moving at nine miles per hour with winds of 60 miles per hour.
    Woods follows brilliance with even-par Round 2 at BMW Championship

    Woods follows brilliance with even-par Round 2 at BMW Championship

    McIlroy plodded to a 69 to fall four strokes behind, while Woods (70) bogeyed the final two holes to slip five back. When I got away from it, and back when I was using the Nike putter, I'd always bring it out and hit putts with it.
  • Chaos in the White House Monaem Sarker

    Chaos in the White House Monaem Sarker

    She added: "The American people would be better served if we talked about really important things facing the country". President Donald Trump continued his attacks Wednesday on an explosive book about his administration.
    Jack Ma announced that Daniel Zhang will replace him as co's Chmn

    Jack Ma announced that Daniel Zhang will replace him as co's Chmn

    That arrangement limits shareholder control, but Mr Ma has defended it as a way to keep Alibaba focused on long-term development. It said the total value of goods sold across all of its platforms rose 28 percent over 2016 to 4.8 trillion yuan ($768 billion).
    China's trade surplus with United States  hit new record in August

    China's trade surplus with United States hit new record in August

    At the same time, Apple is already using components sourced from USA manufacturers in some of its products. CEOs are losing sleep over all the unknowns being thrown into the mix .
  • Tropical Storm Florence continues its churn toward USA  coast

    Tropical Storm Florence continues its churn toward USA coast

    As of 11 PM Saturday, Florence is a strong tropical storm about 800 miles southeast of Bermuda and 1500 miles from Hampton Roads. However, the NHC says that swells generated by Florence are affecting Bermuda and are beginning to reach portions of the U.S.
    Djokovic tops Federer's conqueror for 11th US Open SF in row

    Djokovic tops Federer's conqueror for 11th US Open SF in row

    Novak Djokovic beat Kei Nishikori on Friday night to advance to his eighth US Open men's final. "Tough couple, first two sets". Osaka was an easy victor in her quarterfinal, eliminating unseeded Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine 6-1, 6-1 in all of 57 minutes.
    Russia Opposes Turkey's Calls for Truce in Idlib

    Russia Opposes Turkey's Calls for Truce in Idlib

    Pro-government forces backed by Russian Federation and Iran have been shelling the rebel enclave for two straight days . The United Nations Security Council met to discuss Idlib on Friday at the request of the United States, and U.N.
  • Serena Williams' controversial US Open moments following final saga

    Serena Williams' controversial US Open moments following final saga

    We take a detailed look at Serena Williams' mental breakdown that ultimately cost her the US Open title on Saturday. Naomi Osaka , of Japan, is hugged by Serena Williams after Osaka defeated Williams in the women's final of the U.S.
    California Wildfire Shuts Down 50-Mile Stretch of Busy Interstate to Oregon

    California Wildfire Shuts Down 50-Mile Stretch of Busy Interstate to Oregon

    The wildfire flared just weeks after a blaze in the Redding area killed eight people and burned about 1,100 homes. The US Forest Service said the blaze is now covering 38 square miles, up from 34 square miles on Thursday night.
    Tesla Stock Is Tanking After Elon Musk Lost a Top Executive

    Tesla Stock Is Tanking After Elon Musk Lost a Top Executive

    After Rogan confirmed that the product was indeed legal to consume in California, Musk reached for the blunt and took a puff. Musk did, and the image of the CEO smoking cannabis immediately spread on social media like wildfire. "Come on man", Mr.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.