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Major Hurricane Florence Barreling Towards The Carolinas Amidst A Busy Tropical Atlantic

Big and vicious: Hurricane Florence closes in on Carolinas Major Hurricane Florence Barreling Towards The Carolinas Amidst A Busy Tropical Atlantic
Theresa Hayes | 18 September, 2018, 23:51

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's office described Florence as possibly the state's "most significant hurricane event in decades", and warned of "catastrophic inland flooding, high winds and possible widespread power outages".

Holden Beach, North Carolina, was in the storm's path, according to forecasts on Monday. That is still a risky, category 4 intensity. The storm is moving west-northwest at 15 miles per hour. It is forecast to gain strength again as it moves toward the East Coast.

Historically, 90 per cent of fatalities from hurricanes, tropical storms and tropical depressions have been caused by water, said NHC spokesman Dennis Feltgen said.

Historically, 90 percent of fatalities from hurricanes, tropical storms and tropical depressions have been caused by water, NHC spokesman Dennis Feltgen said.

"Hurricane wind gusts will likely begin being felt Thursday early evening as the storm begins to approach landfall", he said.

A storm surge watch is in effect for Edisto Beach, SC, to South Santee River, SC, and for north of Duck, NC, to the North Carolina/Virginia border. At that point the storm was centered about 1,170 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, the NHC said.

On its current track, Florence is expected to slam South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia the hardest. They've also been ordered for parts of coastal North Carolina and Virginia.

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"Well over a foot of rain over a large chunk of real estate in the Carolinas and they had above normal rainfall this year, so the ground is saturated", said Chandley.

The first hurricane watches were issued for the SC and North Carolina coasts on Tuesday at 5 a.m.

"Probably not too much better, but most likely safer than here", she said. Assorted bad weather advisories stretched from Florida to ME on Tuesday evening. Conditions should improve late in the weekend. It could even reach category five strength before it hits coastal and inland regions. Periods of wind and rain would linger into Monday.

Hurricane Florence has the potential to bring catastrophic flooding to areas of the eastern U.S. already soaked by heavy rain.

In the Pacific, Hurricane Olivia triggered warnings for multiple Hawaiian islands, blowing westward and expected to arrive in the state as soon as late Tuesday or early Wednesday. Forecasters also were tracking two other disturbances.

"I have just been informed that this is one of the worst hurricanes that came to the East coast for many years".

President Donald Trump exhorted residents to follow officials' instructions. "Because once the storm hits, it's going to be really bad, and nearly impossible to get authorities in to help". It's going to destroy infrastructure. He said USA 278 and US 21 would be "ready for reversal" at noon Tuesday, but a final decision on whether to reverse flow on the two highways would come later from local authorities.

Friday Cooper declared a State of Emergency. Puerto Rico's government raised Hurricane Maria's official death toll to 2,975 last month after maintaining for months that 64 people had died.