Hurricane Florence: What To Know - Will It Hit Your State & When?

Florence becomes a hurricane as it barrels toward the U.S

Florence becomes a hurricane as it barrels toward the U.S

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.

Isaac is expected to approach the Lesser Antilles on Thursday as a strong tropical storm or a Category 1 hurricane.

While a statement from Ralph Northam, Virginia Governor, added that it could be the "most significant hurricane event in decades" before warning of "catastrophic inland flood, high winds and power outages".

Where is the hurricane now?

According the US-based National Hurricane Centre at 1pm, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 130mph.

The center of the hurricane is forecast to move across the Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas tomorrow and Wednesday (Sept. 11-12), before approaching the southeastern coast of the USA on Thursday.

Forecasters say the hurricane's strength is expected to fluctuate but it still will be a unsafe storm by the time it reaches the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday.

What else should I know?

SC ordered an estimated one million people to evacuate its coast today as the state and neighbouring North Carolina brace for Hurricane Florence.

Florence, a Category 4 hurricane, is expected to make landfall in SC or North Carolina on Thursday. All three states have declared states of emergency.

"Probably worst case scenario is next weekend, maybe Saturday and Sunday, we get some remnants of it, but it's really hard to say", says Bill Simpson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in MA", who refers to what's coming our way as at best "a minimal impact".

NASA's Aqua satellite caught Hurricane Florence developing an eye Sunday as the storm ramped up its intensity. Forecasters also warned of a rising threat of life-threatening storm surge, along with the damaging winds. Further, residents and tourists should expect heavy prolonged rain upon the storm's arrival.

A mandatory evacuation will start at noon Tuesday for eight coastal counties, McMaster said in a press conference Monday afternoon.

We here in North Carolina are bracing for a hard hit. The Navy planned to send ships from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia out to sea. A "Hurricane Hunter" aircraft recorded maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour.

Most of the projected paths show Florence making landfall in North Carolina.

Florence's max sustained winds have been clocked at 130 miles per hour with an further increase expected on Monday.

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