Hurricane Florence is coming to the East Coast. Here's what to expect

Cesar Mills
September 12, 2018

The first impacts were already being seen Monday on a barrier island, as seawater flowed over a coastal road.

For many people, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge.

"Florence is going to drop tremendous amount of rain, not as much as [Hurricane] Harvey brought to Texas but there will nearly definitely be flooding", Salna says. "This is going to be catastrophic in parts of eastern North Carolina".

If this scenario plays out, meteorologists say there would be monumental rainfall totals along the coast and just inland east of the eye's landfall location. "When you stall a system like this and it moves real slow, some of that rainfall can extend well away from the centre".

"Wave heights to 83 ft were measured early this morning under the [northeast] quadrant of Hurricane Florence", tweeted the National Hurricane Center. Water temperatures are running in the middle 80s and very little wind to tear it apart.

By noon on Monday, Florence had top sustained winds of 130mph.

Abigail Darlington, covers the city of Charleston for the South Carolina Post and Courier.

The "probable" forecast path for Florence, a Category 4 hurricane, as of 5 a.m. Wednesday showed the storm shifting further toward the southern North Carolina coast and the northern half of the SC coast, with the forecast cone stretching into Georgia, western North Carolina and Tennessee, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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Meanwhile, two other storms were also spinning in the Atlantic.

Helene is forecast to curve north soon, staying "out to sea", but Isaac's path continues to take it west toward the Caribbean.

Preparations for Florence are intensifying up and down the densely populated coast.

Isaac had recorded maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour and is moving west at 15 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday morning.

North Carolina residents boarded up their homes and piled cars with valuables on Monday after officials in that state and two others warned coastal areas would be hit from Hurricane Florence, the most powerful storm to take aim at the U.S. mainland this year.

Speaking about the Wilmington area and its surrounding beaches in North Carolina, a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) official said the inland flooding threat was "extreme".

The state of North Carolina is preparing for a major storm. Right now, Florence is expected to approach the Southeast coast on Thursday, Quagliariello said, stressing that the storm's predicted track likely can and will change.

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