Hurricane Florence Is Generating 83-Foot Waves in the Atlantic

Gwen Vasquez
September 15, 2018

The hurricane center is giving the system a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm within the next five days. "This rainfall may cause life-threatening flash floods".

The storm remained a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour.

As Graham says, "just because you have a landfall to your south doesn't mean you're out of the woods, because the winds are huge around this system".

The Hurricane Centre says Isaac is almost completely devoid of deep convection at the moment and is not trackable in radar data from Guadeloupe and Martinique.

- Tropical Storm Florence continued crawling slowly across SC late Friday as life-threatening storm surges and strong winds were expected to continue overnight, amid a rising inland flood threat.

Florence is continuing to move west-northwest at 17 miles per hour, with winds in the 130 miles per hour range, but is giving hints of deviations, says the National Hurricane Center.

The National Hurricane Center said in its 11 a.m. ET advisory that up to 5 inches of rain could fall in Puerto Rico.

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"Winds are likely to gust to 55-65 miles per hour quite widely in the warning area, with possible gusts of 70-80 miles per hour in exposure".

The center also warned "catastrophic freshwater flooding expected over portions of North and SC".

Florence's forward movement during the day slowed to a near-standstill - sometimes it was going no faster than a human can walk - and that enabled it to pile on the rain.

Forecasters are predicting it will feel "very warm and humid" when the storm arrives. Expect winds to increase on Saturday to 15-30mph across the entire CSRA, with the 30mph more likely in the northern/eastern areas.

Helene is now in the Atlantic Ocean following behind Hurricane Florence, which was expected to hit the eastern coast of the U.S. late Thursday or early Friday. "The combination of a unsafe storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline".

President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid.

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