Forecasters Expect Hurricane Florence to Strengthen as 1 Million Told to Evacuate

By Paul Riegler on 11 September 2018
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Hooper Strait Lighthouse, Chesapeake Bay

Hooper Strait Lighthouse, Chesapeake Bay

Hurricane Florence, one of the most powerful storms to threaten the eastern seaboard in decades, is triggering evacuation warnings along 300 miles (482 kilometers) of the East Coast and over one million residents have been urged to move inland for the duration of the storm.

As of 8 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, the storm’s center had maximum sustained winds of 140 mph (225 km/h) and was about 725 miles (1,166 kilometers) east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina.

“This one really scares me,” said Ken Graham, director of the National Hurricane Center, in a video on Facebook on Tuesday. “You’re going to get heavy rain, catastrophic life-threatening storm surge, and also the wind,” urging people in affected areas to prepare.

Current forecasts show that Florence continues to strengthen although it is forecast to weaken, possibly to a Category 3 hurricane, by the time it makes landfall Friday morning.  It is currently predicted to make landfall north of Wilmington, North Carolina, before the storm’s center heads inland towards Raleigh and Durham.

As a result the National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning for the east coast from the South Santee River in South Carolina to Duck, North Carolina, and the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.  A hurricane watch is in effect for Edisto Beach, South Carolina, to the South Santee River and areas north of Duck to the North Carolina/Virginia border, while a tropical storm warning watch is in effect north of the North Carolina/Virginia border to Cape Charles Light, Virginia, and for Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort.

Meanwhile, life-threatening storm surges are expected up and down the coast and the rain will continue into next week, with as much as 35” (89 centimeters) of rain falling over portions of the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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