How should you prepare for Hurricane Florence? | Don't Miss This
10 September, 2018, 12:08 | Author: Tracy Craig
However, classes are canceled and grading and attendance policies are suspended. A university statement says officials will continue monitoring the forecast and may make an evactuation mandatory if conditions later require.
Florence crossed the 74 miles per hour threshold from tropical storm to a hurricane Sunday morning, and by evening its winds were up to 85 miles per hour (140 kph) as the National Hurricane Center warned a hurricane hunter plane found the storm strengthening quickly.
As Hurricane Florence keeps the Cape Fear region in her sights, officials at the University of North Carolina Wilmington have issued a voluntary evacuation for students. While forecasters say it's too soon to determine the exact timing and a possible landfall for the storm, people from SC to the mid-Atlantic region should closely monitor the approaching storm.
Hurricane Florence is expected to move toward the U.S. East Coast this upcoming week with the potential of life-threatening flooding and gusty winds. It says the hurricane should approach the USA coast on Thursday.
Category 1 hurricane Florence gained strength on Sunday in the central Atlantic and is expected to turn into a major storm by Monday night as it churns over the open ocean and heads towards the U.S. East Coast, the U.S. hurricane agency said.
As of 11 p.m. EDT, Florence was centered about 685 miles (1,100 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda, moving west at 7 mph (11 kmh). The National Hurricane Center predicts the storm will be a Category 4 by Tuesday or Wednesday, and it's possible that it could become a Category 5 at some point.
Naval Station Norfolk says its employees should not leave their vehicles parked at the sprawling Virginia base in coming days because of the possibility of flooding from approaching Hurricane Florence. It posted photos showing heavy flooding from previous storms.
Tropical Storm Florence was upgraded to a hurricane on Sunday morning, and so far the storm is sticking to a path forecasters once considered a worst-case scenario.
The governors of Virginia, North Carolina and SC have all declared states of emergency.
"Pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of South Carolina and is going to go way inshore", South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said.
There are now no USA alerts for Hurricane Florence, although that is expected to change this week as Florence moves closer to land.
In Charleston, South Carolina, along the coast, city officials offered sandbags to residents. Meanwhile, Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune urged residents to secure their homes, but said it's too early to know if evacuations will be ordered.
Carnival Horizon which is the newest Carnival Cruise Ship has now canceled its scheduled port of call in Puerto Rico due to Florence which is now a category 1 Hurricane. It poses no threat to land at the time, the center said.
Carnival Pride has also been forced to alter its September 9 sailing out of Baltimore. Instead the ship will now head to The Bahamas.
Carnival Cruise Line has made a decision to cancel the secluded port of call in San Juan Puerto Rico for the Carnival Horizon. It is expected to arrive in NY on September 13.
A third tropical storm has formed in the eastern Atlantic Ocean.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper also urged his state's residents to get ready, noting the storm already was generating swelling waves and risky currents along the coast. Cooper urged residents to "review your emergency plans and gather your supplies now". Forecasters predicted it would become a unsafe Category 4 storm before a possible landfall Friday.
Florence is not now expected to impact metro Atlanta, as the storm is now forecast to remain northeast of the area.
The storm has sustained winds of 75 miles per hour.
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