Hurricane Florence: time to prepare

Here's what David Epstein is saying about Hurricane Florence

According to the US National Hurricane Center, Florence is expected to strengthen further as it is ready to move over the southwestern Atlantic between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday. Coastal hazards are a concern - rip currents, storm surge, flooding and damaging winds - but inland freshwater flooding is also a concern, so everyone from SC to the Mid-Atlantic region should closely monitor Florence and have hurricane plan in place.

By 11 p.m. Sunday, Florence was moving across the Atlantic Ocean at about 7 miles per hour, and it was almost a Category 2 hurricane, with peak winds of 90 miles per hour.

The Miami-based center said in its 5 a.m. ET advisory that Florence was about 625 miles (1,005 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda, moving west northwest at 9 mph (15 kmh).

The third hurricane in the Atlantic, Hurricane Florence, could pose a danger to parts of the U.S. Meteorologists in the area where Florence will likely hit are warning residents of life-threatening flooding after the landfall of the storm.

The agency added that satellite images "indicates that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 105 mph" with higher wind gusts, and "rapid strengthening is forecast". Forecasters at the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) say: "additional strengthening is forecast during the next few days and Isaac could become a hurricane by Monday".

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Meanwhile, the two other tropical storms in the Atlantic - Florence and Helen - are expected to become hurricanes today.

Even if a direct blow is avoided, if Hurricane Florence slows or stalls near the shore it could cause devastating inland flooding, by unloading a foot or two of rain.

A satellite view of the Atlantic tropical region on September 9, 2018.

Three storms churned in the Atlantic Ocean on September 8, 2018.

"Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles".

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The latest NOAA update reads: "Florence is moving toward the west-northwest near 9 miles per hour (15 km/h)".

On Friday, North Carolina governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency and urged residents to use the weekend to prepare for the possibility of a natural disaster. The weather service estimates that the storm will take a sharp north turn into the middle of the Atlantic later in the week.

According to the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center, Florence has strengthened back into a hurricane as it continues its jaunt west.

Meteorologist Eric Holthaus warned on Twitter that it could become one of the worst storms in United States history.

"While it's still too early to know the storm's path, we know we have to be prepared", Gov. Cooper said.

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