Hurricane Florence strengthens to Category 4: What that means for Duke, Durham

Cristina Cross
September 12, 2018

And Virginia's governor ordered a mandatory evacuation for some residents of low-lying coastal areas, while some coastal counties in North Carolina have done the same.

The storm's first effects were already being seen on barrier islands as risky rip currents hit beaches and seawater flowed over a state highway. People were told to prepare to evacuate communities up and down a stretch of coastline already identified as particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels due to climate change.

"There is an increasing risk of two life-threatening impacts from Florence: storm surge at the coast, freshwater flooding from a prolonged and exceptionally heavy rainfall event inland, and damaging hurricane-force winds", the NHC warned.

Satellite images show Tropical Storm Olivia over a 7-hour period ending at 3:30 a.m. today.

The United States was hit with a series of high-powered hurricanes a year ago, including Hurricane Maria, which killed some 3,000 people in Puerto Rico, and Hurricane Harvey, which killed about 68 people and caused an estimated $1.25 billion in damage with catastrophic flooding in Houston. "Please stock up on food and water for at least three days and all other items which the National Disaster Office has been advising you to have on hand", Austrie said.

Hurricanes require warm ocean water to form, so ocean season comes when the Atlantic Ocean is at its warmest. Hurricane-to-tropical-storm-force winds could extend inland, depending on the storm's track.

At 11 a.m. the centre of Tropical Storm Isaac was located near latitude 14.6 North, longitude 49.7 West. Isaac is moving toward the west near 16 miles per hour (26 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue for the next few days.

Florence becomes a hurricane, takes aim at US Southeast
The storm's maximum sustained winds are 65 miles per hour (100 kph) and it is moving west at 14 miles per hour (22 kph). The 150,000 Filipinos who might be affected by Florence live in Virginia, North Carolina , and SC , said the DFA.

More than 1.5 million people were ordered to evacuate their homes along the US southeast coast as Hurricane Florence, the most powerful to menace the Carolinas in almost three decades, barreled closer on Tuesday.

But that's not all, there are two other disturbances out there as well.

The hurricane, which strengthened to a Category 4 on Monday, is expected to intensify as it approaches the Carolinas, said John Quagliariello with the National Weather Service. "This is the craziest one".

It could be the worst hurricane to hit the Carolinas in over 60 years. Roberts said he's telling them to get out of town. "I don't know where to go from here", she said.

Hurricane Florence churned Tuesday toward the Eastern Seaboard as a storm of "staggering" size, forcing a million people to evacuate the coast. This is a very risky hurricane.

"It's too early at this point to be precise with how these impacts are going to stack up", he said, "but there is a huge potential someone is going to sustain devastating impacts as a result of this storm".

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