Wonderful astronaut photos show hurricanes swirling in the Atlantic

11 September, 2018, 09:41 | Author: Sidney Guerrero
  • Hurricane Isaac

It's expected to become at least a Category 3 hurricane before it hits the mainland USA around SC and North Carolina, likely on Friday morning, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Monday.

Hurricane-force winds could buffet the Carolinas by Wednesday night with landfall likely in SC and North Carolina on Thursday, followed by heavy rains that could cause flooding in much of the U.S. Southeast, the NHC said. It is projected to make landfall between Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina Thursday evening as a Category 4 Major Hurricane.

A Life-threatening storm surge is becoming more likely along the coastline of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia, and a Storm Surge Watch will likely be issued for portions of these areas by Tuesday morning. The congressional delegation wrote in support of Gov. Ralph Northam's request that a federal emergency be declared.

The hurricane has already prompted mandatory evacuation orders in the Carolinas and Virginia. An estimated 250,000 more people from the northern Outer Banks were due to be sent to higher ground starting Tuesday at midday. "This is going to be a statewide event".

A Category 4 on the five-level Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale, Florence was 525 miles south-southeast of Bermuda and the center of the hurricane was forecast to pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its 5:00 pm (2100 GMT) advisory.

Hugo killed 27 people in SC and caused more than $9 billion in damage, which was the costliest hurricane on record at the time.

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"The track that Florence is taking is very atypical", Klotzbach said in an email. The state's emergency management division has posted additional information on the evacuations and how to prepare.

I say "active" hurricanes because there are more storms out there that could mature into a hurricane. Some 27 per cent of the deaths have come from rain-driven flooding, sometimes hundreds of miles inland.

"You see the eye of the storm but you also see this darker red color", explained FOX 13's meteorologist Dave Osterberg, pointing to the enhanced satellite image.

"It's scary to all of us". She was gathering up important papers and preparing to drive inland to ride out the storm.

Central North Carolina's coastal counties are bracing for Florence to hit the area on Thursday, bringing potential floods and a threat of tornados, according to Dare County officials. It said about 750 military personnel would be designated to provide support.

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