Now is the time to prepare for Hurricane Florence

Gwen Vasquez
September 11, 2018

Florence is moving toward the west-northwest near 9 miles per hour.

NHC spokesman Dennis Feltgen said historically, 90 percent of fatalities from hurricanes, tropical storms and tropical depressions have been caused by water.

Forecasters say that the storm will take a west-northwestward motion and will increase its movement over the next several days. The forecast has Issac plunging westward into the Caribbean by Wednesday night or Thursday, well south of Florida and Cuba.

The center of the hurricane is forecast to move across the Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas tomorrow and Wednesday (Sept. 11-12), before approaching the southeastern coast of the US on Thursday.

The storm was producing large swells expected to reach from the northern Caribbean to the southern coasts of Canada's Maritime provinces.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) on Monday ordered the evacuation of every resident who lives on the state's coastline. SC emergency management officials said they were "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster".

At this height of the Atlantic hurricane season, Florence was being trailed on east-to-west paths by two other hurricanes, Helene and Isaac.

Arnold also captured hurricanes Isaac and Helene lining up behind Florence in the Atlantic.

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The NHC said: "Isaac is a small hurricane and uncertainty in the forecast is higher than normal". "Storm Surge and Hurricane watches could be issued for portions of these areas by Tuesday morning". "Further strengthening is anticipated, and Florence is expected to be an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday".

All government services will remain in operation today as Hurricane Florence passes to the south of the island.

The storm was centered about 750 miles southeast of Bermuda and moving west at 6 mph. The National Hurricane Center predicts the storm will be a Category 4 by Tuesday or Wednesday, and it's possible that it could become a Category 5 at some point.

Hurricane Olivia, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center's advisory issued at 11 p.m. ET Sunday, is approaching Hawaii with maximum sustained winds of near 80 miles per hour and is expected to remain at hurricane strength through Monday evening. Further, residents and tourists should expect heavy prolonged rain upon the storm's arrival.

The storm has prompted the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia to each declare state of emergencies in their states.

The hurricane center said, "Maximum sustained winds are near 75 miles per hour (120 km/h) with higher gusts".

“As a public safety note, the south shore will experience unsettled surf conditions associated with Hurricane Florence, and the public is encouraged to use caution on those beaches.”.

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