Florence intensifies; landfall across North Carolina becomes more likely

Gwen Vasquez
September 12, 2018

The storm has 115 mph winds and is located 580 miles south-southeast of Bermuda and is moving west at 13 mph.

The storm became a hurricane Sunday morning.

As of 5 a.m. ET Monday, Hurricane Florence's center was about 625 miles southeast of Bermuda and was moving west-northwest at a speed of 9 mph.

Forecasters said early Monday afternoon that data indicated Florence has maximum sustained winds near 130 miles per hour and a minimum central pressure of 946 millibars (27.93 inches).

Some strengthening is expected during the next 36 hours, and Florence is expected to be an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency in North Carolina, as did his counterparts in neighbouring sc and Virginia.

Henry McMaster (R) on Monday ordered a mandatory evacuation of the state's coastline ahead of Hurricane Florence's expected arrival on Thursday. The current forecast track suggests the hurricane will most likely approach North Carolina or SC on Thursday as it gathers speed.

"Interests in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic states should monitor the progress of Florence".

Despite facing heavy winds late last week, Hurricane Florence beat the odds.

Mr Roker told TODAY viewers: 'We're at the peak of the tropical Atlantic hurricane season, and right now we've got three hurricanes, Helene, Issac and Florence.

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The hurricane has been rapidly strengthening all morning.

Several meteorologists said Florence could do what Hurricane Harvey did previous year over Texas, dumping days of rain, although not quite as bad.

Evacuations began Monday in coastal Carolina regions as landfall still looks likely near the state line between North Carolina and SC. She said city emergency personnel met Monday to review plans and a state of emergency was declared.

McMaster said folks should prepare for a lot of flooding in the Pee Dee area.

"To the incredible citizens of North Carolina, South Carolina and the entire East Coast - the storm looks very bad!" wrote the president, who cancelled a planned rally Friday in Jackson, Mississippi in light of the approaching storm. Forecasters warn that the predicted track will likely change - but for now, it shows the strong hurricane bearing down on the North Carolina coast, with a potential landfall north of Wilmington.

While the surf height at local beaches is estimated at just 3 feet Monday, the risk for life-threatening rip currents in the surf zone remains high.

Its maximum sustained winds were at 105 miles per hour.

Shifts in the hurricane's path are still possible, The Washington Post noted.

"It'll be coming on shore as a Category 3 storm".

In the western Carolinas and Georgia, the National Weather Service says rain and wind from the system will impact the area as early as Thursday and continue through the weekend.

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