Hurricane Florence approaches east USA, set to become ‘extremely dangerous’ storm

First Warning Forecast Stormy Weekend & Busy Tropics

First Warning Forecast Stormy Weekend & Busy Tropics

Florence is expected to become a Cat 5 hurricane Thursday as it closes in on the Southeast U.S. At this point, Florence is expected to make landfall in the Carolinas around Friday morning as an intense, life-threatening Cat 4 hurricane. There is increasing concern Florence could slow or even stall as it moves near and then over land.

In North Carolina, more than 250,00 people are set to be evacuated today from the northern Outer Banks.

For many people, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge: If Florence slows to a crawl, it could bring torrential rains all the way into the Appalachian mountains and as far away as West Virginia, causing flash floods, mudslides and other risky conditions in places that have already experienced lots of rain recently. It is expected to become a major hurricane by Monday night.

Hurricane Florence's size is "staggering", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham warned.

Hurricane Florence as seen from the International Space Station on Monday afternoon.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Isaac now has maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour and is currently westward towards the Lesser Antilles and Eastern Caribbean as of early this morning.

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Panovich said one thing to worry about is the storm slowing down as it approaches the Carolina's. She grew up on the shore, and says this will be only the second time she's evacuated.

Duke Energy spokeswoman Grace Rountree says the utility doesn't forecast outages, but is "anticipating significant widespread outages from a storm of this magnitude". "On the forecast track, Isaac should move across the Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea on Thursday", the NHC said.

Florence is so wide that a life-threatening storm surge was being pushed 300 miles (485 kilometers) ahead of its eye, and so wet that a swath from SC to OH and Pennsylvania could get deluged.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit Tuesday urged citizens to be "fully prepared'" as Dominica was placed on a hurricane watch despite Hurricane Isaac being downgraded to a strong tropical storm.

Meteorologists are also tracking two tropical storms which formed off the coast of Africa. Moving toward the west-northwest near 9mph on the forecast track, the centre of Florence will approach the southeastern coast of the United States on Thursday.

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

The storm's coastal surge could leave the eastern tip of North Carolina under more than 9 feet of water in spots, projections showed.

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We'll just have to wait and see where all of them go.

On top of Irma and Maria, powerful category 4 hurricane Harvey inflicted $125billion worth of damage, mostly from catastrophic flooding in Houston, Texas, between August and September a year ago. "Historically, storms that have taken the track Florence has taken turn north into the Atlantic Ocean before ever reaching the U.S. coast".

In the village of Buxton, Liz Browning Fox plans to ride the storm out in her house on top of a ridge.

"You never know, there could be tree missiles coming from any direction", she said. "There is no way to be completely safe", but going inland might not be much safer.

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