Tropical Storm Florence prompts North Carolina State of Emergency

09 September, 2018, 17:30 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • Major Hurricane Likely to Hit East Coast Late This Week

As tropical weather expert Brian McNoldy pointed out Friday in The Washington Post, since 1851, 79 tropical systems tracked close to Florence's current location, and not one of those storms made a us landfall, with the vast majority remaining well offshore.

As Tropical Storm Florence makes a push toward the East Coast, the storm has become "a little stronger" and is forecast to likely morph into a hurricane as early as Saturday night, officials said. It will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday, and approach the southeastern U.S. coast on Thursday, the NHC said in an advisory.

More and more, Florence is looking like a storm that may give the US East Coast problems as a potentially major hurricane this week.

Satellite images have shown gradual organization during the past 24 hours and the system should continue to develop through the next several days.

In South Carolina, Gov. Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency Saturday to prepare for the storm, stressing the declaration is not an order to evacuate. He also urged North Carolinians to take steps to prepare their families.

We'll continue to update the forecast for Florence regularly in the days to come.

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"People don't need to go out and start boarding up windows and stocking up on supplies just yet", said Mike Doll, a meteorologist at AccuWeather State College, Pa. It was about 1,500 miles from the easternmost Caribbean islands on Sunday and may become a hurricane by Monday.

Regardless of the eventual path of Florence, large swells will affect beaches this upcoming week, creating "rough surf, life-threatening rip currents and steep waves at inlet entrances", the NWS reports. A semipermanent feature in the Atlantic, the high rotates in a clockwise manner and will steer Florence through the ocean. "The (weather) pattern will not allow the hurricane to curve to the north".

The Bay area shouldnt see any effects from the storms, though, Norman said. The forecast picture will become clearer through the weekend.

"Our ships can better weather storms of this magnitude when they are underway", US Fleet Forces Commander Admiral Christopher Grady said in a statement.

Tropical Storm Helene is set to bring potential for flash-flooding as it hit Cabo Verde Islands in Africa.



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