Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Hurricane strengthens to Category 4, on track to barrel into Carolinas

Hurricane strengthens to Category 4, on track to barrel into Carolinas

"Yeah we've turned around a couple places, I've seen some trucks go through but in our little vehicle I wouldn't even chance it so we stop and turn around", Jessamine County resident AJ Halcomb told LEX 18.

The NHC added that Florence, which reached major hurricane status several days ago but weakened into a tropical storm, now has an eye. Florence has maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour, though that number is likely to increase as the storm strengthens.

According to the noon-time update from the NHC, operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Florence now has sustained winds of almost 130 miles per hour and has no become what the agency considers "a major hurricane".

Both hurricanes have joined the major Category 4 hurricane Florence in the Atlantic Basin.

The NHC said there is "an increasing risk of life-threatening impacts for Florence", citing "storm surge at the coast, freshwater flooding from a prolonged and exceptionally heavy rainfall event inland and damaging hurricane force winds".

Highways will be reversed so everyone can get out, 'no one in.' McMaster said he's expecting a million people will evacuate.

At noon Monday, a mandatory evacuation order was issued for North Carolina's Hatteras Island.

"We here in North Carolina are bracing for a hard hit", Cooper said during a press conference outlining the state's preparations.

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Authorities in coastal towns have told residents to pick up sandbags and in North Carolina they are already preparing bulldozers and chain saws in case they are needed in any future clean-up and rescue operations. "North Carolina is taking Hurricane Florence seriously, and you should too". The Carolina coast needs to brace for impact Thursday and Friday. Two other storms also are churning in the Atlantic.

Forecast models show Wilmington in center of hurricane's path.

The storm's trajectory is on track to hit central North Carolina coastal counties Thursday, bringing potential floods and a threat of tornadoes, said Dare County officials.

Hurricanes Helene and Isaac are not expected to hit the USA mainland.

NASA's Aqua satellite captured this infrared image of Hurricane Florence on September 9, 2018, at 1:10 a.m. EDT (0510 UTC) using the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument.

Hurricane Isaac - which late Sunday became the fifth hurricane of the season - is heading west towards the Caribbean.

There have been many years when multiple tropical cyclones develop in succession like a tropical Congo line dancing across the Atlantic Ocean.

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