Hurricane Florence Seen Causing $27-B in Damages

Hurricane Florence Seen Causing $27-B in Damages

The National Hurricane Center said Monday the monster storm will be close to Category 5 strength by Tuesday. The storm was moving west at 13 miles per hour, the hurricane center said.

The forecast track remains largely unchanged, with a likely-landfall forecast to occur between the South Carolina-North Carolina state line and Morehead City, North Carolina early Friday morning.

The center of the hurricane was forecast to move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and approach the southeastern coast of the United States on Thursday as a Category 3 storm or higher, according to the hurricane center.

There is Hurricane Helene and Issac which as of this writing are category 1 and 2 storms. "It is still expected to be a large and extremely risky hurricane when it makes landfall", expected late Thursday. "Main threats will be a massive storm surge, damaging winds and torrential rain over a large area of real estate beginning Thursday afternoon thru Friday", FOX 5 Storm Team Chief Meteorologist David Chandley said.

Hurricane and storm-surge watches could be issued as early as Tuesday morning, the NHC said.

The threat for inland communities comes from the heavy rains that lead to flooding.

Parts of North Carolina's Outer Banks were ordered evacuated at noon, and more are set Tuesday for other areas of the state. "Get ready now", he said.

Federal officials begged residents to put together emergency kits and have a plan on where to go.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed declarations of emergency for both North Carolina and SC, freeing up federal money and resources for storm response.

Deadly Florence Wreaks Havoc in Carolinas as Death Toll Rises
The storm once known as Hurricane Florence has killed 20 people, trapped hundreds more and made parts of the Carolinas impassable. Large segments of the major corridor also were closed in North Carolina, making north-south travel subject to long detours.

The governor warned residents that Florence was gaining strength and that the winds would likely be higher than other recent hurricanes.

"Not only has the storm exploded in intensity, but its zone of hurricane-force winds approximately doubled in size Monday", the Washington Post reports.

US President Donald Trump said the "storm looks very bad" and urged people to take precautions. Two storms, Harvey and Irma, killed more than 140 people in the southeast and caused hundreds of billions of dollars in damages.

"This storm is going to be a direct hit on our coast", said Jeff Byard, associate administrator for response and recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

While the military has moved 30 Navy ships based in Norfolk, Virginia, including the aircraft carriers USS George H.W. Bush and USS Abraham Lincoln, nearly 1,000 National Guard troops have been activated in North and SC to help with any possible hurricane-related problems.

"After 48 hours, a slight increase in southwesterly shear could result in some weakening, but Florence is expected to remain an extremely unsafe hurricane when it approaches the USA coastline".

For many people, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge: If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could bring torrential rains to the Appalachian mountains and as far away as West Virginia, causing flash floods, mudslides and other risky conditions. A Category 5 storm has sustained winds of 157 miles per hour or more.

In Virginia, mandatory evacuations began Tuesday morning for about 245,000 residents in a portion of Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore area.

Hawaii is bracing for Tropical Storm Olivia, which could reach the Pacific island by Wednesday, KHNL reported.

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