Now is the time to prepare for Hurricane Florence

Now is the time to prepare for Hurricane Florence

Now is the time to prepare for Hurricane Florence

The heavier rains that will affect parts of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia near Florence's landfall will not affect Georgia, but rain associated with Florence will move over Georgia during the period.

The last Category 4 storm to hit the Carolinas was Hugo, which barreled into Charleston, South Carolina, in 1989.

Hurricane Florence's winds jumped up from 75 mph to 130 mph in just 25 hours, according to the Weather Channel.

"We're in for a real episode here", McMaster said at a press conference.

WILMINGTON - Hurricane Florence is now a Category 4 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center.

A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when maximum sustained winds reach 74 miles per hour.

In South Carolina, the price gouging law is now in effect.

Here in North Carolina there's a growing potential many will deal with destructive winds, devastating flooding and possible tornadoes.

As of 11 a.m., Florence had a maximum wind speed of 115 miles per hour, bringing it to major hurricane status.

In a statement the centre said: "Further strengthening is anticipated, and Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday".

Florence rapidly strengthened into a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane on Monday as it closed in on North and SC, carrying winds and water that could wreak havoc over a wide stretch of the eastern United States later this week. Now tracking in the Atlantic Ocean southeast of the USA mainland, "A turn toward the northwest is forecast to occur late Wednesday night", the latest NHC dispatch stated.

Henry McMaster issued a mandatory evacuation ahead of Hurricane Florence for all coastal counties in SC on Monday, including Beaufort, Colleton, and Jasper counties.

Since reliable record-keeping began more than 150 years ago, North Carolina has been hit by only one Category 4 hurricane: Hazel, with 130 miles per hour winds, in 1954. Vessels that can't leave port will prepare by a variety of means, from adding mooring and storm lines to dropping anchor and disconnecting shore power cables.

A forecast from the hurricane center projected that Florence will pick up speed in the coming days. Forecasters say that because of the size the storm is expected to attain, it will wreak havoc regardless of how strong its winds are.

"There is an increasing risk of life-threatening impacts from Florence", the hurricane center has been saying for days.

"Interests in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic states should monitor the progress of Florence".

Meanwhile, Hurricane Isaac is expected to weaken as it approaches the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean, and then possibly fall apart.

Risky storms are also threatening parts of the the Pacific Ocean.

The National Hurricane Center's storm surge unit has a map tool that people can use to zoom in and see what could happen to their community depending on the strength of the storm.

Experts have forecast the upgraded tropical storm will gather force - going from a category 1 hurricane to a category 3 on Monday morning. But forecasters say residents should still beware of the chance for risky flooding and wind.

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