Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Florence isn’t the only one. There are 3 more hurricanes brewing

Florence isn’t the only one. There are 3 more hurricanes brewing

TODAY weather forecast Al Roker warned residents on the East Coast to prepare for tropical force winds and up to 20 inches of rain if the storm moves inland.

Hurricane Florence rapidly strengthened into a potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm on Monday as it closed in on North and SC. "These conditions are expected to lead to significant strengthening during the next 12 to 24 hours, and Florence is forecast to be a very powerful major hurricane on its approach to the southeastern United States", the NHC said in a statement this morning.

Florence is expected to strengthen further.

Cooper's emergency declaration makes it possible to waive the state's transportation rules so North Carolina farmers can harvest and transport their crops to market faster. North Carolina seems to be the state that could bear the brunt of the winds, along with SC and parts of southern Virginia.

"This could be the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in the Carolinas since Hugo", Quagliariello said, referring to the Category 5 hurricane that caused widespread damage in the Caribbean and Southeast U.S.in 1989. Further, residents and tourists should expect heavy prolonged rain upon the storm's arrival.

US President Donald Trump, whose administration faced severe criticism for a slow response in Puerto Rico to Hurricane Maria, cancelled a political rally planned for Friday in Jackson, Mississippi, over safety concerns related to Florence, his campaign said.

AccuWeather meteorologist Brett Rossi said the ground in North and SC and Virginia is already saturated from recent rains. She believes her home, built in 2009, will be secure, but it's hard to foresee all potential hazards.

"It's scary to all of us. We're just a strip of land - we're a barrier island", she said.

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A BP service station and mini-mart in Wilmington ran out of gasoline for about two hours on Monday as motorists rushed to fill up their tanks.

Myrtle Beach hardware stores and supermarkets were busy ringing up sales of bottled water, plywood and generators.

Florence is one of three hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean, along with Helene and Isaac. It said about 750 military personnel would be designated to provide support.

The Navy said all ships in Virginia's coastal Hampton Roads area were preparing to leave port for open seas.

Other military personnel, however, could find themselves directly in harm's way.

The current forecast track suggests the hurricane will most likely approach North Carolina or SC on Thursday as it gathers speed.

NOAA Hurricane Florence is forecast to hit the northeast coast later this week. But forecasters say residents should still beware of the chance for risky flooding and wind.

Over in the Pacific, this storm is still moving toward Hawaii, where tropical storm warnings and watches have been issued, the hurricane center said.

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