Hurricane Florence Now Potentially Catastrophic Category 4 Cyclone, Millions to Fleet Path of Storm

Airlines Begin to Offer Travel Waivers as Storm Approaches

By Anna Breuer on 10 September 2018
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Florence may spare Savannah

Florence may spare Savannah

Hurricane Florence, now a Category 4 storm, has the potential to wreak havoc on parts of the East Coast of the United States, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Florence is expected to be “a large and extremely dangerous hurricane,” the center said in a statement. The storm, just prior to 5 p.m., was 1,170 miles (1,182 kilometers) east-southeast of Cape Fear and moving west-northwest at 13 mph (21 km/h).

As of 5 p.m. EST, the storm carried winds close to 140 mph (220 km/h) with higher guests. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles (65 kilometers) while tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles (240 kilometers).

The storm’s trajectory shows it likely to make landfall somewhere near the border of North Carolina and South Carolina.

South Carolina’s governor, Henry McMaster, said he expects over one million people to flee the storm. Roy Cooper, North Carolina’s governor, said his state “was in the bullseye” of the storm.

The storm’s path includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, open pits holding industrial waste including coal ash, and hog farms that store animal waste in open lagoons.

Florence could bring a deadly coastal storm surge as well as inland flooding as far north as Virginia, the NHC said.

Meanwhile, several airlines had announced travel waivers that would allow travelers to cancel or delay travel to or through storm-impacted areas. American Airlines announced such a waiver on Monday, as did Southwest Airlines.

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