Hurricane Florence slightly increases in speed

Tropics erupt as Florence, Helene and Isaac all churn in the Atlantic

Tropics erupt as Florence, Helene and Isaac all churn in the Atlantic

Maximum sustained winds remain near 70 miles per hour (110 km/h) with higher gusts. More powerful hurricanes also bring higher-than-average storm surges, which can destroy coastal property.

Tropical-storm-force wind probabilities from Tuesday through Sunday. With Florence expected to be farther north at landfall, we will have no impacts from this storm locally other than large waves.

"We are in the bull's-eye", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said at a news conference. The storm is forecast to strengthen even more.

National Weather Service officials in Honolulu urged residents to remain careful, noting that the difference between a Category 1 hurricane and a tropical storm is just 5 miles per hour wind speed.

As it nears the U.S. Atlantic shore, Florence will also benefit from "very warm" sea surface temperatures of up to 85 degrees, the National Hurricane Center said.

For many, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge: If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could carry torrential rains up into the Appalachian mountains, causing flash floods, mudslides and other unsafe weather across a wide area. "But on rare occasions, the steering patterns can line up such that a storm slips into a dead zone between troughs and ridges".

At last check, the BWS said Hurricane Florence's closest point of approach to Bermuda within 72 hrs is forecast to be 297 nm to the SSW at 8pm on Tuesday, September 11th.

Warm Atlantic Ocean waters are adding to Florence's strength, and computer models predict that the storm will make landfall Thursday in North Carolina or SC as a major hurricane.

Stoney urged residents to prepare now by gathering supplies, including nonperishable food, water, flashlights, and batteries.

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The U.S. Navy said it was sending almost 30 ships from coastal Virginia out of port to ride out the storm.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km). Issac is expected to reach hurricane status by midweek and remain a strong tropical storm or weak hurricane as it impacts the Caribbean islands second half of the week.

Though Isaac is expected to weaken before making landfall and return to a Tropical Storm by late Thursday, numerous islands are still rebuilding following Hurricane Maria and are expected to experience heavy rain, winds, rough surf and increased rip currents in the oncoming days.

It appears the storm is mostly likely to make landfall in North or SC by the end of the week, but it could still shift, and states in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast are being warned to brace for potentially historic storm effects. Not to be forgotten, however, is Tropical Storm Isaac, which has largely slipped by unnoticed further south, but will rake through the Lesser Antilles later this week, and may emerge into the Caribbean Sea, reinvigorated, early next week.

Unsafe storms are also threatening parts of the U.S.in the Pacific Ocean.

As of early Monday, the storm was getting stronger, with maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour.

In the Pacific, Hurricane Olivia triggered warnings for multiple Hawaiian islands as it blew west toward an arrival over the state as soon as late Tuesday or early Wednesday. But forecasters say residents should still beware of the chance for risky flooding and wind.

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

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