It is predicted to stall even more off the coast of the Carolinas before scraping down the U.S. east coast and moving inland before the weekend.
Florence exploded into a potentially catastrophic hurricane Monday as it closed in on North and SC, carrying winds up to 140 miles per hour (220 kph) and water that could wreak havoc over a wide stretch of the eastern United States later this week. "Nonetheless, there still would be a very life threatening storm surge of somewhere around 10 to 15 feet".
Forecasters said Florence could become an extremely risky major hurricane sometime Monday and remain that way for days.
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Florence is a category 4 hurricane with winds at 130 miles per hour as of 8 a.m. University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy said that rain measured in feet is "looking likely".
He warned residents to take precautions "because once this storm is upon us, we're not going to be able to send emergency personnel out to rescue you". "Don't bet your life on riding out a monster", he said. The forecast is for landfall to occur overnight Thursday into Friday morning.
North Carolina and Virginia yesterday declared states of emergency, while Virginia's governor ordered a mandatory evacuation for some residents of low-lying coastal areas. The federal government was "absolutely, totally prepared" for Florence, the president said, according to a live stream of his press conference at the White House.
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The seasoned meteorologist for The Weather Channel has always been the face of hurricane coverage for the 24-hour weather network. The hurricane is gaining pace as it heads for the Carolinas, where 1.7million people have been told to evacuate .
Hurricane Florence, which is now bigger than the size of MI state, is set to batter the North Carolina coastline with gale-force tropical winds and heavy rain towards the end of this week.
Florence went through significant strengthening and intensification Monday morning, starting the day as a Category 2 hurricane and strengthening to Category 4 by afternoon.
Power in some areas is likely to be out for several days, and storm surge is expected to flood widespread areas, he said, including inland regions of the state. That is what happened previous year with Hurricane Harvey, which brought more than 150 centimeters of rain to the Houston, Texas area.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper is foreboding in his assessment Hurricane Florence. More importantly, this would make Florence drift westward after stalling instead of northward, which would impact rainfall totals. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency late September 8 to mobilize personnel and resources for storm impacts and to speed the response to those communities that are damaged by the storm. The silver lining is that the winds won't be as strong as they would be if the storm just barreled toward the coastline. The vast stretch of a water body, high temperatures, and high air pressure above the thunder clouds are the factors that help to sustain a hurricane.
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The flooding of such hog lagoons and industrial sites could create a combination of waste that might wash into homes and threaten drinking water supplies.