USGS Is Installing About 160 Sensors Along NC, SC Coasts For Florence

11 September, 2018, 08:09 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Three hurricanes- Florence Isaac and Helene- are churning across the Atlantic

All eyes are on Hurricane Florence, now that it has intensified to a major Category 4 storm and is heading to the southeastern US coast.

"The bottom line is that there is increasing confidence that Florence will be a large and extremely risky hurricane, regardless of its exact intensity", the NHC forecast warned.

The Atlantic hurricane's maximum sustained winds have increased to almost 130 miles per hour (195 kilometers per hour), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an advisory issued at noon Eastern Time (1600 GMT).

"There is an increasing risk of life-threatening impacts from Florence: storm surge at the coast, freshwater flooding from a prolonged and exceptionally heavy rainfall event inland, and damaging hurricane-force winds", the National Hurricane Center said in an update on Florence's progress at 5 a.m. Monday. "And not just Virginia, but our neighbors to the south". The move will allow the state to use the National Guard for preparations and recovery if necessary.

"Take steps now", said North Carolina governor Roy Cooper over the weekend. "We have already began mobilizing our assets to respond accordingly, and we are here for you!"

Florence's track continues to show it will impact the southeastern US coast, impacting the Carolinas and Virginia.

Florence was upgraded twice Monday to Category 4, prompting numerous warnings from state officials to not underestimate the threat the storm poses.

Gordon makes landfall on Gulf Coast
And in the eastern Pacific, neither Hurricane Norman nor Tropical Storm Olivia is forecast to affect any land areas. Communities along the coast provided sand and bags, and many hustled to protect their properties ahead of the storm.

The current track has the storm making landfall along the Carolinas sometime Thursday night as a major hurricane.

A mandatory evacuation was ordered for residents of Hatteras Island and some other areas of Dare County in North Carolina.

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 risky weather across a wide area.

A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when maximum sustained winds reach 74 miles per hour. "We've just been overwhelmed with requests by state agencies and everybody else", he said.

In 1989, Hurricane Hugo grew to a Category 4 storm before coming ashore near Charleston, South Carolina, where it caused about $14.1 billion in damage when adjusted for inflation, making it the 13th costliest USA storm, according to Hurricane Center records. By Monday, the storm should turn west-northwest and accelerate towards the coast.

US President Donald Trump, whose administration was criticized as being slow to respond to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico past year, canceled a political rally planned for Friday in Jackson, Mississippi, over safety concerns related to Florence, his campaign said. While Helene's outlook calls for it to head into the open Atlantic, Isaac will probably hit the Caribbean's Lesser Antilles Islands Thursday and potentially brush Puerto Rico, still recovering from last year's Maria, as a strong tropical storm later.

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