Tropical storm watch issued for parts of Hampton Roads

Tropical storm watch issued for parts of Hampton Roads

Tropical storm watch issued for parts of Hampton Roads

Some weakening is expected on Thursday, but the storm is still predicted to be an extremely risky hurricane when it makes landfall. It's big and it's vicious. Whether it is a tropical storm, a tropical storm watch, or a hurricane watch or a hurricane warning, we must treat all of them the same way.

"The waves and the wind this storm may bring is nothing like you've ever seen".

The Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in its latest bulletin said that hurricane watches had gone into effect for Dominica, and the two French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe, while a tropical storm watch is in effect for Antigua and Barbuda and Montserrat.

At 11 p.m. Tuesday, the storm was centered 670 miles southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving at 17 mph. Maximum sustained winds remain near 70 miles per hour or 110 km/h.

According to The Weather Channel, a typhoon named Mangkhut is also intensifying in the western Pacific and is on track to hit Guam, Rota, Saipan and Tinian on Monday.

Mass evacuations were ordered across North and SC and Virginia, and states of emergency were issued by the federal government. The state's emergency management agency said it is "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster".

According to NHC: "A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, during the next 36 hours in the indicated locations".

Navy ships off Virginia's coast were preparing to sail out of the path, a North Carolina university has already canceled classes and people have begun stocking up on plywood, bottled water and other supplies. Tropical Storm Isaac is also strengthening over the eastern tropical Atlantic and is expected to become a hurricane by late Sunday.

Federal officials begged residents to put together emergency kits and have a plan on where to go. "It's still a very powerful, major storm that we have to take seriously". It's going to destroy infrastructure.

Houston residents making their way out of a flooded neighborhood after it was inundated with rainwater following Hurricane Harvey, Aug. 29, 2017.

One trusted computer model, the European simulation, predicted more than 45 inches in parts of North Carolina.

"Pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of South Carolina and is going to go way inshore", South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said.

The storm forced people to cut their vacations short along the coast.

"We are asking for authorization in advance to. get reimbursed for expenses, for people, machinery and assets we may need to clean up and fix whatever damage results from what is now a hurricane".

Florence interrupted her stay on North Carolina's Outer Banks.

"It was so attractive. Eighty-five degrees", Matheson said, pausing a moment.

Chris Brace, from Charleston, South Carolina, lowers hurricane shutters on a client's house in preparation for Hurricane Florence at Sullivan's Island, SC, Sept. 10, 2018.

A social media post from the City of Dover noted that "Delaware is not taking the brunt of this storm."The area could see high winds and saturated soil that could that could lead toelectric outages from fallen trees, the post added".

Florence's projected path includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and numerous hog farms that store animal waste in huge lagoons.

North Carolina's governor issued what he called a first-of-its-kind mandatory evacuation order for North Carolina's fragile barrier islands from one end of the coast to the other.

Evacuations were underway in coastal areas of North Carolina and SC.

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