Friday, 21 September, 2018

US East Coast braces as Florence forecast to intensify into major hurricane

Hurricane Isaac UPDATE: ENC towns declare State of Emergency
Gerardo Duncan | 11 September, 2018, 08:12

The office warned of water ponding on Battleship Road near the U.S.S.

Carteret County issued a state of emergency effective 6 p.m. Sunday and Onslow County Board of Commissioners have scheduled a meeting for 5 p.m.to consider a declaration of a state of emergency. The official forecast provided by the National Hurricane Center indicates the storm could be just shy of a catastrophic category 5 hurricane by Tuesday afternoon with winds of 155 miles per hour.

Chris Brace, from Charleston, South Carolina, lowers hurricane shutters on a client's house in preparation for Hurricane Florence at Sullivan's Island, SC, Sept. 10, 2018.

According to the Saffir-Simpson scale, a Category 5 hurricane has 157 miles per hour or greater winds. According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm is expected to be a "large and extremely risky hurricane" when it arrives on the USA coast.

"Florence has continued to rapidly strengthen", it said.

As Hurricane Florence heads toward the East Coast, two other storms are bringing up the rear - Helene and Isaac. "Fans can monitor any updates on USC athletics events via GamecocksOnline.com, social media and local media outlets".

A surge in the waters off the New England coast is expected to begin as soon as tomorrow, and could lead to some especially high tides and unsafe rip currents, Simpson says, but that's about it. Spots with the highest risk for rip current formation are breaks in sandbars and near structures like terminal groins, jetties and piers, but beachgoers should stay on alert everywhere. A high surf advisory has been posted across the entire coast.

This week is the expected peak of hurricane season, according to forecasters, so seeing these active storms churning through the Atlantic right now isn't fully unexpected. It is moving west at 14 miles per hour.

"People that have typically not been exposed to them will now be exposed to them, because the storms are going to move deeper inland and affect more people", climate scientist Cindy Bruyere, who studies storms at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, previously told Business Insider. It will likely become a major hurricane as early as Monday, reaching category 3 criteria.

The hurricane is expected to reach the coast of North Carolina Thursday night into Friday morning.

Hurricane Isaac has seriously weakened recently due to the wind shear in the Atlantic.

"This is going to be big", said Victoria Oliva, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington said early Monday morning. She grew up on the island chain, and says this will be only the second time she's evacuated. The size of hurricane-force winds doubled over 12 hours from 30 to 60 mph, the National Hurricane Center said Monday afternoon. "That is a sign of a strengthening hurricane". Rainfall amount is anywhere from about 3-10inches of rain from Myrtle Beach onwards and into Richmond.

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