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Hurricane Florence Strengthens, Poses Major Threat to Southeast and Mid-Atlantic

Hurricane Florence Strengthens, Poses Major Threat to Southeast and Mid-Atlantic

Given the way Florence intensified before it seems either are possible over the coming few days.

Residents as far north as Virginia were warned that Florence could bring a life-threatening coastal storm surge, as well as inland flooding from "prolonged and exceptionally heavy rainfall", the NHC said. With winds of 75 miles per hour, it's expected to strengthen a bit before weakening as it approaches the Lesser Antilles on Thursday and Friday.

"Probably worst case scenario is next weekend, maybe Saturday and Sunday, we get some remnants of it, but it's really hard to say", says Bill Simpson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in MA", who refers to what's coming our way as at best "a minimal impact". Isaac is expected to move across the Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea on Thursday.

This is the most powerful storm to take aim at the USA. mainland this year and could be upgraded to a Category Five with winds higher than 157mph.

"It's too early at this point to be precise with how these impacts are going to stack up", he said, "but there is a huge potential someone is going to sustain devastating impacts as a result of this storm".

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After blossoming into a hurricane yesterday, Florence strengthened further overnight into a Category 3 storm this morning with maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour.

The hurricane was gaining strength as it traveled over warm Atlantic waters, about 1,240 miles (2,000 km) east-southwest of Cape Fear, North Carolina, the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory. In September 1989, Hurricane Hugo smashed its way up from the SC coast near Charleston and made a beeline for Charlotte, knocking over thousands of trees and leaving many without power for weeks. Early predictions estimate that Florence could touch down in Wilmington, with the area's large marine base set to be battered by the extreme weather conditions. "Everyone should start preparing now".

"Everyone in North Carolina needs to keep a close eye on Florence and take steps now to get ready for impacts later this week", Cooper said. Florence is predicted to make landfall Thursday. All three states have declared states of emergency.

The entire population of Hatteras Island, just off hte North Carolina coast, were ordered to evacuate by noon EST Monday, with other swathes of the state ordered to comply with the same order by 7am Tuesday.


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