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Hurricane Florence Intensifies As It Barrels Toward US East Coast

Hurricane Florence Intensifies As It Barrels Toward US East Coast”

As meteorologist Stu Ostro of The Weather Channel reports via Twitter, since 1851, only four Category 4 hurricanes have made landfall north of Florida on the East Coast. It will then turn north-northwest on Wednesday and Thursday.

The hurricane, which strengthened to a Category 4 on Monday, is expected to intensify as it approaches the Carolinas, said John Quagliariello with the National Weather Service. Florence is projected to make landfall on Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center. Tropical storm force winds could be felt in Charlotte from this system.

"Florence is a threat well beyond our coast", Cooper said.

A rip current statement is in effect for all beaches in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties.

The map below, published by the NOAA, shows the most likely arrival time over the next few days.

With the end of the track still uncertain and the potential for the storm to stall, the exact impacts to Kentuckiana are still unclear.

Florence exploded into a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane Monday as it closed in on North and SC, carrying winds up to 130 miles per hour and water that could wreak havoc over a wide stretch of the eastern United States later this week.

Florence was 575 miles (925 kilometers) south-southeast of Bermuda and the center of the hurricane was forecast to pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday, the NHC said.

On North Carolina's Outer Banks, Dawn Farrow Taylor, 50, was gathering photos and important documents and filling prescriptions Monday before heading inland. "Due to these conditions, Superintendent David Hallac is strongly urging all beach visitors to stay out of the Atlantic Ocean until unsafe conditions subside". "Everyone should start preparing now".

North Carolinians are urged to use the next couple of days to get ready for the storm, including reviewing emergency plans and gathering supplies.

It is moving west at 14 miles per hour (mph) and has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.

"As we have seen with hurricanes in most recent years, such as Lane in Hawaii earlier this summer and Harvey last year in Texas, feet of rain can fall when these tropical storms stall", Sosnowski said.

"If I could explain it with goal posts, the farthest south I'd go is Savannah, Georgia and the farthest north is Cape Hatteras off the uppermost coast of North Carolina".

Since reliable record-keeping began more than 150 years ago, North Carolina has only been hit by one Category 4 hurricane: Hazel, with 130 miles per hour winds in 1954.

"The chances of it going out to sea are extremely slim at this point", she said. Here's one of NASA's latest clips of Florence, via CNN. We're just a strip of land - we're a barrier island.

"We're looking at a lot of rain, a lot of wind coming up this week".

The NHC warned on Sunday night: "There is an increasing risk of two life-threatening impacts from Florence: storm surge at the coast and freshwater flooding from a prolonged heavy rainfall event inland".

Some officials have already begun taking early precautions.



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