Hurricane Helene turns northwestward, not a threat to land

12 September, 2018, 01:29 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • Hurricane Florence Strengthens, Poses Major Threat to Southeast and Mid-Atlantic

Florence was moving west-northwest at 13 miles per hour and had maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour.

The first effects were already being seen on barrier islands Monday as unsafe rip currents and seawater flowed over the state highway.

More powerful hurricanes also bring higher-than-average storm surges, which can destroy coastal property.

"All of the evidence points to an extreme disaster in the making in the mid-East Coast/Carolina region", said Bryan Norcross, a senior hurricane specialist with the Weather Channel.

The flood advisory applies to downtown Wilmington and the lower Cape Fear River.

Beaufort County also is at risk for coastal flooding, especially during the evening high tide, Dixon said.

Preparations for Florence were intensifying up and down the densely populated coast.

"This one really scares me", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham warned.

The Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in its latest bulletin said that hurricane watches had gone into effect for Dominica, Martinique, and Guadeloupe, while a tropical storm watch is in effect for Antigua and Barbuda and Montserrat. It's now moving WNW or 295 degrees at 16 miles per hour. Florence was a Category 4 storm late afternoon Monday.

The storm is expected to make landfall along the Carolina coast Thursday night or early Friday morning. Its center is located about 580 miles southeast of Bermuda. Ilija Cesal told the newspaper he wouldn't worry about buying extra water or other supplies for a few more days.

The threat for life-threatening conditions from Hurricane Florence in North Carolina is increasing.

"Today is the day to get prepared all along the East Coast!" the National Weather Service tweeted on Monday morning. The storm could soon be on the brink of a Category 5.

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These next maps from NOAA show the rainfall potential (the first map), followed by flash flooding potential in the second map.

Isaac, a weakening Category 1 hurricane, is much farther south, and is facing the same winds that threatened to rip Hurricane Florence apart.

Helene - now just southeast of the Cabo Verde islands off the African coast - had winds of 85 miles per hour, and was expected to turn northwest and then north into the open Atlantic by midweek, the NHC said.

Southeastern North Carolina remains in the middle of the storm's "cone of uncertainty", with the cone extending from roughly Hilton Head, S.C., in the south to the Chesapeake Bay in the north.

Rapidly intensifying Hurricane Florence could strike a direct and unsafe blow anywhere from the Carolinas to the Mid-Atlantic region later this week, possibly as a fearsome category 4. "Everyone should start preparing now".

As of early Monday, the storm was getting stronger, with maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour.

"The bottom line is that there is high confidence that Florence will be a large and extremely unsafe hurricane, regardless of its exact intensity", the hurricane center said.

"The federal government stands ready to assist", she said. Its projected landfall is "still fluctuating depending on which models you look at. We are going to put everything else away and then we are going to put some concrete blocks in front of the doors just so rushing water and wind can't blow the doors back in", said Matthew Littleton with Casper's Marina.

As of 6 p.m., UNC has not issued a new update concerning Hurricane Florence.

"The bottom line is that there is increasing confidence that Florence will be a large and extremely risky hurricane, regardless of its exact intensity", Blake said.

The US military is taking precautions as well.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster warned residents to prepare for possible evacuations and he even called on President Donald Trump to declare a federal emergency in the state to prepare for the impact of the storm.

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