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

Latest On Hurricane Heading For The Carolinas

Latest On Hurricane Heading For The Carolinas

"Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday", the NHC said in a bulletin. Isaac is headed directly towards the Leeward islands, while the expecting Hurricane Helene to shift north beginning Wednesday without affecting the Caribbean.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster ordered the state's entire coastline to be evacuated starting at noon Tuesday and predicted that 1 million people would flee.

The governors of Virginia, Maryland, and North and SC have declared states of emergency ahead of the storm. Hurricane Florence is expected to hit the USA coast in the later half of this week, possibly as early as Wednesday evening.

The Center projects wind speed will continue to increase, potentially elevating Florence to a Category 5.

"North Carolina is taking Hurricane Florence seriously and you should too", said Governor Cooper. "The threat will be inland, so I'm afraid, based on my experience at FEMA, that the public is probably not as prepared as everybody would like", said Craig Fugate, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Storm watches related to the hurricane started at Edisto Beach and stretched north through North Carolina to the Virginia border as of Tuesday morning.

The center of the strong storm is about 1,240 miles east-southeast of Bald Head Island, with the hurricane moving westward at roughly 13 mph. Some forecasting models show it could unload a foot or two of rain in places, causing devastating inland flooding.

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"Florence carries all of the hazards of a Category 4 hurricane, which is rare in recent times, with rainfall, high-wind damage and storm surge coming all at once", Postel said.

"All of the evidence points to an extreme disaster in the making in the mid-East Coast/Carolina region", said Bryan Norcross, a senior hurricane specialist with the Weather Channel.

"People are getting frantic", assistant manager Nadine Schrock said, adding her shop also sold out of cases of bottled water. Behind Isaac, Hurricane Helene is picking up strength, with twist paces of more than 105 miles per hour as of Monday afternoon. As of 5 p.m., hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the storm's center, while tropical storm-force winds extend out 150 miles.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 70 miles per hour (110 km/h) with higher gusts. The latest Category 4 to hit the Carolinas was Hurricane Hazel in 1954.

Isaac is expected to reach landfall in the Caribbean later this week.

Isaac, a weakening Category 1 hurricane, is much farther south, and is facing the same winds that threatened to rip Hurricane Florence apart.

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