Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

These 4 reasons make Hurricane Florence extremely unsafe

These 4 reasons make Hurricane Florence extremely unsafe

"On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday and approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday".

Hurricane warnings have been issued by the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) for portions of SC and North Carolina due to Hurricane Florence, according to the agency's 5 p.m. update on September 11.

Forecasters have warned the the hurricane could be "life threatening" by the time it strikes.

FRIDAY: Widespread showers and thunderstorms.

"Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion", the agency says. It could stall just off the coast and then drift south along the SC coast and possibly make a landfall as a weaker system if it doesn't make it clearly over the coast of North Carolina.

A tropical storm watch was issued for north of the North Carolina-Virginia border to Cape Charles Light, Virginia, and for the Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort.

Arrival: Florence's landfall is expected late Thursday night or Friday morning. They warned that Florence could slow or stall after coming ashore, with some forecasting models showing it could unload a foot or two of rain in places, causing devastating inland flooding.

Forecasters have adjusted Hurricane Florence's projected path, saying that after it makes landfall, it is likely to take a more southerly route than expected.

There are now three huge storms developing in the Atlantic
Isaac could be upgraded to a hurricane tonight, but some weakening of the system is expected to take shape by mid-week. However, not every storm like this is a hurricane: NOAA explains they must have winds of at least 74 miles per hour.


A hurricane watch is in effect for Edisto Beach, South Carolina to South Santee River, South Carolina and North of Duck, North Carolina to the North Carolina-Virginia border. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles from the center.

Sharp doesn't like to compare hurricanes because each one is different, but he did note that Florence is a stronger storm than Matthew, which hit the state in 2016.

Once Florence makes landfall, it'll be the first major Atlantic hurricane of the 2018 season to hit the mainland US.

Satellite images show the storm has maintained a distinct eye and is well organized.

Its maximum sustained winds were at 105 miles per hour.

As of 11 a.m. EDT on Monday, Florence has been upgraded to a Category 4 storm. Notice how it doesn't move much between Thursday and Saturday in the track below.

With September fulfilling the promises of peak hurricane season, residents are reminded to take the appropriate precautions for hurricane season - such as having emergency kits ready and knowing your hurricane plan - even if the storms are not now projected to hit Northwest Florida.

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