Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Hurricane Florence's path: Track the storm here

Hurricane Florence's path: Track the storm here

The rainfall would produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding. Maue says Harvey stalled longer and stayed closer to the coast, which enabled it to keep sucking moisture from the Gulf of Mexico.

Announcing his evacuation order, SC governor Henry McMaster said an estimated one million people would be fleeing the coast. It was centred east-south-east of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and moving west.

Hyde County officials announced that all Ocracoke Island visitors have been ordered to evacuate starting noon on Monday. Lanes traveling on I-26 between Charleston and Columbia will all travel away from Charleston toward Columbia. Are you preparing your home or getting ready to evacuate?

"We here in North Carolina are bracing for a hard hit", North Carolina Gov.

Florence was "rapidly strengthening", with maximum sustained winds increased to 105 miles per hour, making it a Category 2 storm, the second-weakest on the five-level Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale. "It's a big one", he said. "We live paycheck to paycheck, being a military family, and it's four days until payday". The National Weather Service reported Sunday that more than 20 people had to be pulled from the ocean off Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach, The Wilmington Star reported.

Similar scenes were repeated up and down the US East Coast, from Virginia to Savannah, Georgia.

Myrtle Beach hardware stores and supermarkets were busy ringing up sales of bottled water, plywood and generators.

All signs pointed to a stronger, slower, wider and wetter hurricane in the days ahead, forecasters said.

"Florence is quickly becoming a powerful hurricane", a hurricane specialist wrote.

By Noon EDT Monday, Florence had top sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (195 kph). "Everyone in Virginia needs to prepare". That is still a unsafe, category 4 intensity.


It added: "The largest threat to life from hurricanes is not the high winds". Well-built homes can lose walls and roofs. "Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed".

More than 415,000 homes and businesses were without power Friday morning according to poweroutage.us, which tracks the nation's electrical grid.

Friday Cooper declared a State of Emergency. And Virginia's governor ordered a mandatory evacuation for some residents of low-lying coastal areas.

The coastal surge from Florence could leave the eastern tip of North Carolina under more than 9 feet of water in spots, projections showed.

"This one really scares me", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham warned.

The state has issued mandatory evacuations. "Action today can avoid losses due to Florence".

Two other storms are spinning in the Atlantic.

As for a hit on the USA mainland, the most recent Cat 4 at landfall was Hurricane Harvey a year ago, which hit Texas with winds of 130 miles per hour.

"This storm is going to be a direct hit on our coast", said Jeff Byard, associate administrator for response and recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Hurricane Isaac is moving toward the Caribbean and could make landfall Thursday as a Category 1 hurricane.

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