Florence a Major Problem for WVU-NC State

"We do not want to risk one SC life in this hurricane", Governor Henry McMaster said at a news conference.

As of noon EDT, Florence was centered about 575 miles (925 kilometers) south-southeast of Bermuda, moving west at 13 mph (20 kph).

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

The hurricane's impacts could range from a strong storm surge to flooding from torrential rainfall and hurricane-force winds.

As of Monday evening, Hurricane Florence was moving west-northwest at 13 miles per hour. "We expect it to be a major hurricane when it makes landfall by Thursday night or early Friday".

Hurricane Florence strengthened "rapidly" on Monday, September 10, and is now a powerful Category 4 hurricane, USA forecasters said, as governors of 3 eastern U.S. states declared an emergency and told residents to prepare for the storm. The expected major hurricane could bring high surf and risky rip currents to the eastern USA, including Florida's east coast, until the end of the week.

Forecasters said it was too soon to determine the exact timing, location and magnitude of storm surges and flooding Florence will cause.

A mandatory evacuation was ordered for Hatteras Island and Dare County in North Carolina.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster also declared a state of emergency on Saturday, and South Carolina's Emergency Management Division urged South Carolina residents to begin preparing their property for Florence's effects.

It strengthened rapidly last week before it was weakened by wind shear.

Over in the Pacific, this storm is still moving toward Hawaii, where tropical storm warnings and watches have been issued, the hurricane center said.

Both Tropical Storm Isaac and Tropical Storm Helene are expected to reach hurricane strength but neither is considered a threat to Bermuda. In fact, there have only been four other hurricanes in our recorded history (since 1851) that have made landfall along the east coast north of Florida.

Tropical Storm Issac's maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour were just below the hurricane threshold of 74 miles per hour.

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

Hurricane Isaac - which late Sunday became the fifth hurricane of the season - is heading west towards the Caribbean.

Hurricane Olivia, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center's advisory issued at 11 p.m. ET Sunday, is approaching Hawaii with maximum sustained winds of near 80 miles per hour and is expected to remain at hurricane strength through Monday evening. "It's going to go inland, sit over the southern Appalachians and lead to 3-4 feet of rain, in parts of South Carolina, North Carolina, perhaps even into southwest Virginia", he says.

  • Valerie Cook