UNC remains open through preparation for Hurricane Florence

Mindy Sparks
September 11, 2018

Storm Surge and hurricane watches are likely be issued for the Carolina coast - including Southeastern N.C. - on Tuesday.

According to the Daily Mail, one person has drowned and two more were injured at Daytona Beach, Florida, after choppy waters caused by Florence led to unsafe surfing conditions. The National Weather Service reminded residents not to focus on the exact forecast track and intensity when planning for Olivia.

The flood advisory applies to downtown Wilmington and the lower Cape Fear River. Hugo killed 49 people in the US and across the Caribbean.

All of Hatteras Island was under mandatory evacuation order and other parts of the Outer Banks will have to evacuate by 7 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT) on Tuesday, Dare County Emergency Management said in a statement.

This GIF from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows three hurricanes - Florence, Isaac and Helene - as they make their way across the Atlantic Ocean.

Florence was some 2,414km away from the East Coast and moving west at roughly six miles per hour on Sunday morning, according to CNN.

A forecast from the hurricane center projected that Florence will pick up speed in the coming days. Forecasters predict it could intensify to close to Category 5 strength later today. The current forecast track suggests the hurricane will most likely approach North Carolina or SC on Thursday as it gathers speed.

Florence is expected to strengthen further. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations hard or risky.

Storm surge, rainfall, wind and surf will prose the greatest risk to life and infrastructure. Locations that have been directly hit by a category 4 hurricane in the past have been uninhabitable for weeks.

By noon on Monday, Florence had top sustained winds of 130mph.

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

Immediately to the north of Virginia, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said his state was also "preparing for the potential of historic, catastrophic and life-threatening flooding".

Despite the storm being still some distance away from land, the National Hurricane Center has confirmed it is on track to hit the area around North and SC by Friday.

"The forecast places North Carolina in the bull's-eye of Hurricane Florence, and the storm is rapidly getting stronger", he said.

The last Category 4 storm to hit the Carolinas was Hugo, which barreled into Charleston, South Carolina, in 1989. The United States was hit with a series of high-powered hurricanes previous year, including Hurricane Maria, which killed about 3,000 people in Puerto Rico, and Hurricane Harvey, which killed 68 and caused an estimated $1.25 billion in damage from catastrophic flooding in Houston. "If you end up not needing (hurricane supplies), great, but now is the time to start preparing".

Hurricane Florence has now intensified to category 4, with 130 miles per hour winds. "September is the peak month of the hurricane season", he said.

Hurricane Florence was upgraded to a Category 4 earlier on Monday, with President Donald Trump taking to Twitter to encourage those in its path to "take all necessary precautions".

"The chances of it going out to sea are extremely slim at this point", she said.

However, the National Hurricane Center predicts it could rise to 150 miles per hour winds just before landfall sometime Thursday night.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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