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Gov. McMaster declares state of emergency ahead of storm arrival

Gov. McMaster declares state of emergency ahead of storm arrival Gov. McMaster declares state of emergency ahead of storm arrival
Kristine Garrett | 12 September, 2018, 09:15

By Saturday evening, Florence was located 810 miles southeast of Bermuda, and had winds of 70 mph.

The storm's maximum sustained winds are 50 miles per hour (85 kph) and it is moving west at 8 miles per hour (13 kmh).

North Carolina's governor has urged residents to get prepared for Hurricane Florence as forecasters predict the state could be in the "bullseye" of the storm.

The Miami-based center defines a major hurricane as one with wind speed greater than 110 miles per hour.

Rapidly intensifying Hurricane Florence could strike a direct and unsafe blow anywhere from the Carolinas to the Mid-Atlantic region later this week.

The storm's center will approach the U.S. Southeast coast on Thursday after passing between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday.

'However, given the uncertainty in track and intensity forecasts at those time ranges, it's too soon to determine the exact timing, location and magnitude of those impacts, ' the center added. The storm could impact anywhere from northern Florida to north of the Washington, D.C., area, producing life-threatening conditions.

Florence is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 15 to 20 inches and possibly 30 inches in some spots along its track over portions of North Carolina, Virginia and northern SC through Saturday.

By the time it reaches the East Coast, Florence could strengthen into a major hurricane. At this point, its exact landfall location is very hard to determine as Florence will eventually make a NW and then north turn.

Navy ships off Virginia's coast were preparing to sail out of the path, a North Carolina university has already canceled classes and people have begun stocking up on plywood, bottled water and other supplies. Those on the coast and inland from SC into the mid-Atlantic region should be on alert and have a hurricane plan in place, according to the agency.

"While some weakening is expected on Thursday, Florence is expected to be an extremely risky major hurricane through landfall", forecasters said.

Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency Friday night to ease load restrictions on farmers moving harvests from fields to market or storage.

Hurricane Florence strengthened early on Monday, packing maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour (170 kph), and forecasters warned that it is "expected to become a major hurricane very soon" as it churns toward the U.S. East Coast. Hugo in 1989 was the one before that and was a Category 4 at landfall. Hurricanes Helene and Isaac are not expected to hit the U.S. mainland.

A warm ocean is the fuel that powers hurricanes, and Florence will be moving over waters where temperatures are peaking near 85 degrees (30 Celsius), hurricane specialist Eric Blake wrote.

In the Pacific, Tropical Storm Olivia is set to sweep through the Hawaiian islands Tuesday, where tropical storm watches have been posted.

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