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Hurricane Florence could be the a lot like Harvey. Here’s why

Hurricane Florence could be the a lot like Harvey. Here’s why

Rapidly intensifying hurricane expected to remain a category 4 storm until landfall along the Carolinas; Adam Klotz reports from the Fox Extreme Weather Center.

Forecasters say Florence will pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and start its approach to the USA on Thursday morning.

Hurricane Florence is poised to hit part of the East Coast this week, and the impact could be devastating. Even before the evacuation order, Dare County emergency officials warned that rough seas and strong rip currents are already creating risky conditions. "Further strengthening is anticipated, and Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday". "Action today can avoid losses due to Florence", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect at this time, but Met Service said strengthening is forecast during the next few days and Isaac is expected to become a hurricane by Monday. "Damaging hurricane-force winds are likely along portions of the coasts of SC and North Carolina, and a Hurricane Watch will likely be issued by Tuesday morning".

The governors of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia have declared emergencies.

"We do not want to risk one SC life in this hurricane", Governor Henry McMaster said at a news conference. The storm's winds had increased to 130 miles per hour on Monday. "North Carolina is taking Hurricane Florence seriously, and you should too".

A mandatory evacuation was ordered for residents of Hatteras Island and some other areas of Dare County in North Carolina. "Florence could dump a foot of rain in places that cannot handle it, making for a very scary flooding situation in some areas".




As Hurricane Florence grows stronger, meteorologists say it could hit the Carolinas later this week.

A third tropical storm has formed in the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

In Guam, Typhoon Mangkhut - a Category 4 storm - narrowly missed dealing a direct blow to the island.

It said that maximum sustained winds are near 75 miles per hour with higher gusts and that additional strengthening is expected over the next day or two.

It regained hurricane strength Sunday and was upgraded again Monday.

"That scenario has a high probability of occurring in North Carolina and Virginia and possibly portions of neighboring states in the Southeast, Appalachians and mid-Atlantic late this week and this coming weekend", Sosnowski added.

Hurricane Helene, was spinning in the Atlantic off West Africa's Cape Verde islands with 85-mph (140-kph) winds on Monday, but did not appear to pose an immediate threat to land.

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