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Evacuations in North Carolina as hurricane Florence roars closer

Hurricane Isaac Evacuations in North Carolina as hurricane Florence roars closer
Bennie Garza | 11 September, 2018, 08:08

Florence had maximum sustained winds of 128km/h, making it a Category 1 storm on the five-level Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale. "Florence is expected to be an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday".

"Data from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased near 140 miles per hour (220 km/h) with higher gusts".

The storm's center will move northwest between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday. Storm surge and freshwater flooding from rainfall could become life-threatening risks, especially from SC through the mid-Atlantic.

North and South Carolina are under a state of emergency, and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has ordered the coastline to evacuate.

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. "We have already began mobilizing our assets to respond accordingly, and we are here for you!"

Florida governor Rick Scott, whose state experiences the most hurricane-force storms in the U.S., pledged resources, expertise and guidance to the three states in which emergencies have been declared.

Empty shelves are seen at a supermarket as residents prepare for Storm Florence's descent in Columbia, South Carolina, U.S., September 10, 2018, in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. Forecasts call for 25-38 cm of rain in the hardest-hit areas, possibly more if the storm stalls over land, as expected.

Officials in North Carolina have already issued mandatory evacuation orders for coastal Dare County and Hatteras Island.

"This means winds jumped up from 75 mph to 130 mph in just 25 hours ending 12 p.m. EDT Monday". That information will help public officials assess storm damage, discern between wind and flood damage, and improve computer models used to forecast future floods.

As it nears the U.S. Atlantic shore, Florence will also benefit from "very warm" sea surface temperatures of up to 85 degrees, the National Hurricane Center said.

At least 340 dead people have been killed by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti and the Dominican Republic as the United States braces itself for the worst storm in a decade. Under a mission assignment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the USGS plans to deploy about 160 sensors and is consulting with federal and state partners about the need for similar equipment for other areas along the mid-Atlantic coast.

Helene - now just southeast of the Cabo Verde islands off the African coast - had winds of 136km/h, and was expected to turn northwest and then north into the open Atlantic by midweek, the NHC said.

But the season is just now peaking, and Hurricanes Florence, Isaac, and Helene are a stark reminder that we are not out of the woods yet.

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