Hurricane Florence: Latest forecast and track discussion

Hurricane Florence: Latest forecast and track discussion

"As soon as that mandatory evacuation comes down.think it's noon (Tuesday), they will see a huge influx", Tori Gayle at the River Falls campground in Lakemont, Georgia told the station.

"Pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of SC and is going to go way inshore". "We're liable to have a whole lot of flooding".

The National Hurricane Center announced Florence was increased to a Category 4 hurricane Monday morning, with a projected path toward the Carolinas. "With Florence strengthening into a hurricane this morning and continuing to move west, Florida families need to remain alert and remember that storms like this can change course and strengthen at any moment", said Gov. Rick Scott.

Florence could stall out after striking the coast, forecaster say.

"The bottom line is that there is increasing confidence that Florence will be a large and extremely risky hurricane, regardless of its exact intensity", the NHC forecast warned. "We look forward to working with you, FEMA, and other relevant federal agencies to ensure that the Commonwealth of Virginia has the resources available to ensure the safety of our constituents". "But we are not going to gamble with the lives of the people of SC".

"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". "Although Isaac is forecast to begin weakening when it approaches the Lesser Antilles, it is still expected to be at or near hurricane intensity when it reaches the islands".




On Monday afternoon, nurse Barbara Mack was using a small shovel to fill sandbags at a public works facility in Charleston - but she saw a silver lining in the hurricane preparations. "This is probably the only exercise I get this week".

The US National Hurricane Center has warned that winds could reach 130 miles per hour, turning Florence into a fearsome category 4 storm.

"Everyone in North Carolina needs to keep a close eye on Florence and take steps now to get ready for impacts later this week", Cooper said.

"(R) esidents and guests of Beaufort County will be allowed to travel within county borders, until there is a need for lane reversals on USA 278 and US 21", a Monday evening message from the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office said, urging residents to leave by Tuesday.

Heavy rain in the Washington area over the weekend has already led to flooding in historic Alexandria, Virginia, and the National Weather Service issued a flood watch for part of the Potomac River.

US landfall could come Friday between Charleston, South Carolina and Norfolk, Virginia, the Hurricane Center said.

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