Florence is now a category 4 hurricane.
Hurricane Florence strengthened to a Category 4 storm Monday afternoon as the monster squall continued its ominous advance towards the East Coast and residents scrambled to hunker down or evacuate. The storm had strengthened somewhat overnight, but is still a Category 1 hurricane, packing maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour with locally higher gusts.
NHC director Ken Graham, says that Hurricane Florence is likely to slow down as it approaches the Carolinas – which could have devastating consequences for residents, reported the Independent.
Arnold also captured hurricanes Isaac and Helene lining up behind Florence in the Atlantic. It’s likely to continue west for the next two days, but then turn to the northwest, parallel and far from the US coast, when Isaac knocks an opening into the steering ridge.
Hurricane Florence is set to make landfall this Thursday, September 13, 2018.
CNN senior meteorologist Dave Hennen said Sunday that computer models agree Florence is on track to make landfall in the Carolinas.
“We here in North Carolina are bracing for a hard hit”, Cooper said Monday. Further, residents and tourists should expect heavy prolonged rain upon the storm’s arrival.
As Hurricane Florence intensified into a major, Category 4 storm in the Atlantic Ocean today (Sept. 10), astronauts and satellites have spotted the enormous weather system from space.
Forecasters cautioned, though, Florence could impact anywhere from northern Florida to north of the Washington, D.C., area. The storm is now expected to careen into the Carolina coast on Thursday or early Friday, and USA Today reports North Carolina is already in preparation mode: Gov. Roy Cooper has requested a federal declaration disaster, and Cape Hatteras Island is under a mandatory evacuation order for Monday; Duck and Corolla face the same order for Tuesday.
In a statement the centre said: “Further strengthening is anticipated, and Florence is expected to be an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday”.
Over the weekend, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia all declared a state of emergency in preparation for the storm because weather models have almost hit a consensus on where the storm is headed.
Dare County officials have announced that a mandatory evacuation order goes into effect on Hatteras Island at noon Monday.
The U.S. Navy added that it was sending almost 30 ships from Virginia to sea in order to avoid damage.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles (20kilometers) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 kilometers).
Charlotte Forecaster Larry Sprinkle said the storm will likely become a Category 3 storm by 11 a.m.
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. Of the two other storms, which remain far from land, Isaac poses the most immediate risk.
Hurricane Olivia is expected to bring strong winds, heavy rainfall and high surf to parts of the state.
Risky storms are also threatening parts of the U.S.in the Pacific Ocean.
Storm surge and hurricane watches may be issued Tuesday morning for portions of southeastern U.S. states, the NHC said.
Chance for rain and storms will continue this week, with the deeper tropical moisture more or less still in place over the area.
“Take mid-August to mid-October, that period accounts for 87% of category 1 and 2 hurricane days and a staggering 96% of “major” hurricane days – (Categories 3, 4 and 5)”, he said.