Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Research | By Francis Brooks

SC declares emergency ahead of storm Florence

SC declares emergency ahead of storm Florence

Florence is expected to become a hurricane today and rapid intensification is likely to begin by tonight.

Delaware Gov. John Carney says state officials are closely monitoring the approach of Hurricane Florence, which is heading toward the US for what forecasters said could be a direct hit on the Southeast toward the end of the week.

The Governor's Office, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Virginia National Guard, the Virginia State Police, and other state agencies have already begun preparations for the impacts of Tropical Storm Florence.

Florence is expected to bring two major threats to the Carolinas, according to the National Hurricane Center: storm surge flooding on the coast and inland freshwater flooding from heavy rain. It was about 1,500 miles from the easternmost Caribbean islands on Sunday and may become a hurricane by Monday.

As of the NHC's advisory issued at 11 a.m. EST Sunday, Hurricane Florence's center will move over the Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday, and it will get to the southeastern US coast on Thursday. The window for the storm to miss the United States coast and turn harmlessly back to sea is closing, CNN forecasters said. SC governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency on Saturday, in order to give his state time to prepare for the possible arrival of a hurricane.

Hurricane expert Robbie Berg said: "The risk of other direct impacts associated with Florence along the US East Coast next week has increased".

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The Carolina coast needs to brace for impact Thursday and Friday.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service said it is monitoring the progress of Tropical Storms Helene and Isaac in the Eastern Atlantic.

Gov. Ralph Northam has declared a State of Emergency ahead of what could be a week of watch-and-see for those living North Carolina and Virginia.

At 11 p.m. EDT, the hurricane center said Florence's maximum sustained winds were estimated to be 110 kph. Its winds weakened Thursday when it returned to tropical storm status.

And another storm, Tropical Storm Isaac spinning farther out in the Atlantic, could also become a hurricane by Monday as it gains strength, forecasters with the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami said in an advisory early Sunday. As of Saturday morning the hurricane was 1280 miles east of Honolulu.

It formed near the Cabo Verde Islands last weekend and was downgraded to a tropical storm on Friday.

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