Hurricane Florence weakens, to restrengthen late Tuesday - NHC

Hurricane Florence weakens, to restrengthen late Tuesday - NHC

Hurricane Florence weakens, to restrengthen late Tuesday - NHC

Mandatory evacuations have been issued for parts of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia, including the entire coast of South Carolina.

Emiratis in Virginia, North and SC areas have been warned that Hurricane Florence may become a category 4 storm. He also noted that he'd been in contact with the governors of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia to assure them the federal government was available to provide assistance.

Residents farther north in coastal and inland areas in the Delmarva Peninsula, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and NY should also monitor the storm and prepare in case the forecast shifts to the north and east.

If Florence hits as predicted, the communities along the waterways and on the coast around Wilmington could see a storm surge of 9 feet or more above ground level, according to federal storm surge estimates.

The National Hurricane Center says a new report from an Air Force Reserve Unit hurricane hunter aircraft indicates that Hurricane Florence's top sustained winds have decreased slightly to 130 miles per hour (215 kph), with higher gusts. That means sustained winds of at least 130 miles per hour and expectations of catastrophic damage, the hurricane center says. "The potential there for catastrophic consequences definitely exists", said Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist and spokesperson with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Category 4 hurricane winds are in the 130 to 156 mile range, according to the National Hurricane Center. Certain areas of Brunswick, Currituck, Dare, Hyde, New Hanover, and Onslow counties are affected, and more orders are expected Tuesday. If you are in these areas, or have ties there, take the warning and evacuation orders seriously.

At the same time Florence is expected to make its landfall, another storm, Hurricane Isaac, is forecast to move across the Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea.

The large and powerful hurricane has prompted evacuation orders in North and SC and Virginia, as officials urge residents in coastal and low-lying areas to prepare for strong winds, a deep storm surge and a deluge of rainfall that could last more than 24 hours. Computer models continue to show that the most likely scenario is Florence hitting that area sometime later Thursday to early on Friday. Starting then, all roads on I-26 and Route 501 will be directed away from the coast, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said.

Rainfall is largely expected to be 15 to 20 inches over the same area, producing flash flooding. "So to have three hurricanes floating around the Atlantic basin is not usual".

National Hurricane Center director Ken Graham said: 'It's not just the coast. Little change in strength is forecast during the next couple of days, and Olivia is expected to remain a hurricane through Monday night.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference his state was in "the bull's eye".

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