First Advisories Sent for Hurricane Florence in South and North Carolina, Virginia

Eye of the storm Tracking Hurricane Florence and possible impact on Philly

Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall somewhere between North Carolina, South Carolina, and the Mid-Atlantic states on Thursday evening or Friday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Hurricane Florence, which has strengthened to a Category 4 storm, is bearing down on the North and SC coastline as an "extremely unsafe major hurricane" that will affect college football and potentially NFL and MLB games this week.

US President Donald Trump has signed declarations of emergency for both North Carolina and SC, freeing up federal money and resources for the storm response.

The Post's weather team noted that Florence will pass over oceans that are warmer than normal, which will provide fuel and "favours at least a Category 3 hurricane landfall on the Southeast coast by week's end" (emphasis theirs).

Hurricane Florence will create a "life-threatening storm surge" along parts of the Carolina and Virginia coasts, according to the National Hurricane Center. Coastal areas are at greatest risk of seeing sustained winds to 100+mph and gusts well above that.

Regarding the Bahamas, the American meteorologist said Hurricane Florence is going to take a track that will keep it east and northeast of the country. This could lead to massive flooding in many of North Carolina's inlets. The potential for the storm to stall has residents packing sandbags and preparing for the major flooding that could follow.

Meanwhile, a storm surge watch was sent out for Edisto Beach in SC to the North Carolina-Virginia border as well as Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, including the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers.

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Craig Fugate, a former Fema director, said: "I'm afraid, based on my experience at Fema, that the public is probably not as prepared as everybody would like".

The same thing happened a year ago with Hurricane Harvey.

The current upper air pattern indicates Florence will probably move west into NY and Pennsylvania as it weakens.

A life-threatening storm surge is forecast in portions of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. If you have family or friends in that area, please urge them to heed all warnings and evacuation orders and continue to stay tuned to hourly update from reputable sources. And with little wind shear to pull the storm apart, Florence's hurricane wind field was expected to expand over the coming days, increasing its storm surge and inland wind threats. The most powerful winds will arrive overnight Thursday and throughout the day on Friday.

Florence is a category 4 hurricane with winds at 130 miles per hour as of 8 a.m.

"Isaac is anticipated to move near or over the central Lesser Antilles on Thursday, move into the eastern Caribbean Sea Thursday night, and move into the central Caribbean Sea by the weekend", NHC officials said in an advisory issued today at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT).

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