Hurricane Florence Set To Hit US East Coast

Graphic illustration and forecast of Tropical Storm Isaac as at September 9 2018

Graphic illustration and forecast of Tropical Storm Isaac as at September 9 2018

The storm has rapidly intensified and reached "major hurricane" classification on Monday morning (with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour, making it a Category 4), although eyes are also on Isaac and Helene for the future. The heavier rains that will affect parts of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia near Florence's landfall will not affect Georgia, but rain associated with Florence will move over Georgia during the period.

Next is a different look at the hurricane's projected path. Keep in mind that this map has an interactive component that you can view here.

Where is the hurricane now?

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).

Hurricanes Isaac was showing little change in strength as it moved towards the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles, while Hurricane Florence was expected to move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas by Wednesday.

It had maximum winds of 85mph with higher gusts, with tropical storm force winds extending up to 125 miles from the storms centre.

What else should I know?

Over the weekend, the governors of Virginia, North Carolina and SC declared states of emergency, according to CNN.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) on Monday ordered the evacuation of every resident who lives on the state's coastline.

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Unfathomable." He also asked meteorologist Philip Klotzbach (who specializes in "Atlantic basin seasonal hurricane forecasts") about the storm's rapid intensification and got this answer: "It has intensified by 40 mph in the past 13 hours. The state's emergency management agency said it is "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster".

Meanwhile, Hurricane Isaac is holding steady in strength over the Atlantic as it heads westward.

Hurricanes have a life cycle, moving from tropical storm to full-on hurricane.

Don't go stocking up on water bottles and batteries just yet.

There are no coastal warnings in effect for the United States, but swells from Florence are already affecting portions of the U.S. East Coast and Bermuda.

It is hard to imagine the kind of destruction a cat 4 hurricane can create at landfall.

The eye of the storm is expected to fall on Wilmington, North Carolina.

Early on Monday, Sam Lillo, a University of Oklahoma meteorology student, posted this ominous video of Florence at sunrise.

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