Tropical Storm Florence: SC Governor Declares State of Emergency
10 September, 2018, 15:33 | Author: Sheila Harris
Forecasters said the storm will rapidly intensify beginning Sunday evening and become a major hurricane by Monday a status it is expected to maintain through Thursday, the same day it should approach the southeastern United Statescoast. It was moving west at 6 miles per hour.
Tropical Storm Florence is becoming a "better organized" weather system that will likely strengthen into a hurricane late Saturday, weather forecasters said. A Category 4 storm packs winds of 209 km/h or more and has the potential for catastrophic damage.
The governors of Virginia, North Carolina and SC have declared states of emergency, warning residents to prepare for a unsafe storm.
Florence was the first Category 4 hurricane of the Atlantic season, but weakened as it passed through cooler waters.
At 5:00 p.m. today, the center of Hurricane Helene was located near latitude 13.4 North, longitude 26.0 West. Helene is moving toward the west near 13 miles per hour (20 km/h), and a turn toward the west-northwest is expected on Monday, with a continued west-northwestward motion through Tuesday.
It is forecast to approach the southeastern USA coast on Thursday. Helene is expected to go out to sea after passing the Cabo Verde Islands, but Isaac could be on a path to the Caribbean, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria almost a year ago.
The U.S. Navy is making preparations this weekend for its ships in the Hampton Roads area to leave port as Tropical Storm Florence approaches the East Coast.
The storm is moving towards the west at seven miles per hour, and is forecast to drench a large swath of the US East Coast running from northern Florida to New Jersey.
"What that means for us is whatever happens, we're going to have a lot of rain and a lot of wind", he said, adding, "Presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of SC".
And a third tropical storm has formed in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. The current forecast track brings Florence on approach to the southeast US coast on Thursday as a major and powerful hurricane.
Hurricane Florence is around 500m north of the Leeward Islands, which includes four Commonwealth nations - Saint Kitts, Nevis, Barbuda and Antigua.
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With a turn more to the northwest expected through this week, it'll only remain as a tropical storm before it weakens by Thursday. It is still too early to know what effects this hurricane will have on Hawai'i Island. "Now is the time to prepare", said Gov.
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