Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Hurricane Florence: South Carolina Still In Danger Zone

Hurricane Florence: South Carolina Still In Danger Zone

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Last week, Florence became the first major hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season.

The largest U.S. Marine Corps base on the East Coast, Camp Lejeune and its extensive beachfront northeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, lie within the NHC's forecast "cone" for possible landfall.

The National Hurricane Center update on Sunday afternoon had Florence roughly 720 miles southeast of Bermuda, with little chance of being weakened by upper level winds or cooler water. Of the five major models we use for tracking hurricanes-the European, GFS, UKMET, HWRF, and HMON-the best-case scenario from their 0Z Sunday runs was given by the UKMET model, which was the only model to predict that Florence would miss making landfall on the U.S. East Coast this week.

"We know we can't play around with this", said Jennifer Oosterwyk, who owns the Sugar Britches boutique on Holden Beach and lives in nearby Wilmington.

Some ships will stay behind because they're undergoing maintenance and may be tied down with additional mooring and storm lines.

Hurricane Florence picked up power and again became a major hurricane Monday, and forecasters say it's got the mid-Atlantic region of the East Coast in its sights.

A photo taken from the International Space Station by astronaut Ricky Arnold shows Hurricane Florence over the Atlantic Ocean in the early morning hours of September 6, 2018.

Lining up behind Florence, Isaac was about 1,150 miles east of the Windward Islands with top winds of 75 mph early Monday, moving west at 14 mph.

"A west-northwestward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected by Monday, and that motion is forecast to continue through mid-week", NHC forecasters predicted.

Florence was about 580 miles southeast of Bermuda as of 11 a.m. ET Monday.

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The storm's maximum sustained winds remain near 85 km/h with higher gusts and it is moving west near 15 km/h.

The latest measurement of Hurricane Florence shows maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour.

National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham warned that Florence was forecast to linger over the Carolinas once it reaches shore.

Helene, meanwhile, was still in the Atlantic's spawning ground for hurricanes off the coast of Africa, swirling with 105 mph winds and forecast to become a major hurricane, about 375 miles west of the Cape Verde islands. Some inland flooding is anticipated, but due to the recent dry spell, a repeat of 2016's Hurricane Matthew flooding is unlikely, unless the storm stalls over the coast and continues to feed off the warm ocean waters.

"North Carolina is taking Hurricane Florence seriously, and you should, too", Cooper said. Forecasters also warned that the threat of a life-threatening storm surge was rising.

Across the Southeast, people were urged to put together emergency supply kits, prepare their homes and research evacuation routes.

There are now no USA alerts for Hurricane Florence, although that is expected to change this week as Florence moves closer to land. "Accordingly, I am declaring a state of emergency so that we can begin to prepare state assets, and I encourage Virginians to monitor forecasts and make their own preparations now".

In Charleston, South Carolina, along the coast, city officials offered sandbags to residents. Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune urged people to secure their homes but said it was too early to know if evacuations will be ordered.

The parking lot has been full for three days at the Ace Hardware store in coastal Calabash, North Carolina, where manager Tom Roberts said he sold 150 gas cans in two hours Monday, along with generators, plywood, rope, manual can openers, sand bags and a plethora of other items.

North Carolina crews were getting bulldozers and chain saws ready.

President Trump, who received sharp criticism a year ago for his handling of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, took to Twitter Monday to urge East Coast residents to seek safety.

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