Prepare for ‘a strong hit’ from hurricane on SC, governor urges

Graphic illustration and forecast of Tropical Storm Isaac as at September 9 2018

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

A "major" hurricane is one with sustained winds of more than 110 miles per hour. To the west, a tropical disturbance has developed over the northwest Caribbean Sea.

Isaac is a small hurricane and its strongest winds extend out from the centre for only about 10 miles.

NHC director Ken Graham, says that Hurricane Florence is likely to slow down as it approaches the Carolinas - which could have devastating consequences for residents, reported the Independent.

A mandatory evacuation order has been issued for residents living along the entire SC coast. Even in areas far from the coast, he added, parts of North Carolina and Virginia could see rain totals of 10-15 inches over the next seven days.

According to the NHC advisory, Hurricane Florence is now located 575 miles (925 km) south-southeast of Bermuda and 1,230 miles (1,985 km) east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina.

"We expect a rapid intensification of Florence tomorrow", Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman for the National Hurricane Center, said on Sunday.

The now category 2 storm is expected to slam the east coast this week as a possible category 4 hurricane.

In coastal Charleston, South Carolina, city officials offered sandbags to residents.

If or when hurricane Florence does make it to the USA coastline it could do so as a major hurricane, as intensity forecasts show Florence reaching a higher storm category again. Other areas along the East coast will likely be affected by winds and flooding. North Carolina has only been hit by around a dozen less severe Category 3 storms since 1850, with the newly-upgraded hurricane now predicted to cause never before-seen levels of devastation when it arrives later this week.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's office described Florence as possibly the state's "most significant hurricane event in decades", and warned of "catastrophic inland flooding, high winds and possible widespread power outages".

There is an increasing risk of storm surge at the coast and damaging hurricane-force winds in the Carolinas.

Isaac was on a path that could take it to the Leeward or Windward islands, many of which are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria.

Hurricane Isaac has seriously weakened recently due to the wind shear in the Atlantic.

"This means winds jumped up from 75 mph to 130 mph in just 25 hours ending 12 p.m. EDT Monday".

The Storms in the Atlantic are very risky.

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