'Extremely Dangerous' Florence On Track to Hit East Coast As Major Hurricane

The NOAA Coastal Watches  Warnings and Forecast Cone for Hurricane Florence as of 5 a.m. Monday

Feasting off the energy from unusually strong sea surface temperatures, Hurricane Florence is intensifying quickly and tracking inexorably toward landfall along the U.S. Southeast or Mid-Atlantic coast on Thursday.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says Florence has the makings of an "extremely dangerous" meteorological event, the BBC reports.

Steve Pfaff, a warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Wilmington office, warned impacts could include storm surge and wind damage, although the storm's path remains uncertain at this time.

Where is the hurricane now?

On Sunday afternoon, Olivia was about 595 miles east-northeast of Hilo and was narrowly registering as a Category 1 hurricane moving west at 12 mph with maximum sustained winds at about 75 miles per hour.

The center of the hurricane is forecast to move across the Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas tomorrow and Wednesday (Sept. 11-12), before approaching the southeastern coast of the USA on Thursday.

The storm may sit over parts of the mid-Atlantic for days, like Harvey did in Texas a year ago, bringing major flooding to an area that has already seen above-average rainfall in recent months.

What else should I know?

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. "Pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of SC". All three states have declared states of emergency.

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

On the latest track, it is projected to make landfall somewhere along the Carolina coastline late Thursday night into early Friday. The hurricane center announced the change in an update, citing data from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft that showed Florence was rapidly intensifying, with maximum sustained winds near 130 miles per hour.

Navy ships off Virginia's coast were preparing to sail out of the path, a North Carolina university has already canceled classes and people have begun stocking up on plywood, bottled water and other supplies.

The hurricane center warned that the swells are likely to cause "life-threatening" surf and current conditions.

Isaac, a weakening Category 1 hurricane, is much farther south, and is facing the same winds that threatened to rip Hurricane Florence apart. It poses no threat to land at this time, the center said.



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