Tuesday, September 11th, 2018
US East Coast braces for Hurricane Florence
September 11th, 2018 at 3:14 pm
US East Coast braces for Hurricane Florence

International desk- The United States has warned its citizens to prepare for the Hurricane Florence, which is gathering power as it approached the Carolinas, media reports say.

President Donald Trump has issued a series of warnings. He tweeted that this was “one of the worst storms to hit the East Coast in many years”.

Florence is at present a Category Four storm, with sustained winds of about 140mph (220km/h), according to a BBC report.

CNN reported more than 1 million people face mandatory evacuation orders in coastal areas of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, where Florence could begin delivering tropical storm force winds late Wednesday.
One year after major storms ravaged the Gulf Coast and Puerto Rico, officials warned those in Florence’s path not to underestimate the threat the storm poses.

On its current track it is predicted to make landfall near Wilmington, North Carolina, late on Thursday.

A number of mandatory evacuations have been ordered in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia, affecting more than a million people.

South Carolina’s Governor Henry McMaster has given the entire coastline until noon on Tuesday to leave.

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington has also ordered a mandatory evacuation of students.

In its latest advisory at 23:00 eastern time (0300 GMT). the National Hurricane Center said of Florence: “Some strengthening is expected during the next 36 hours, and Florence is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane through Thursday.”

It said hurricane-force winds would “extend outward up to 40 miles (65km) from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds [would] extend outward up to 150 miles (240km)”.

The 23:00 report placed Florence about 465 miles south-east of Bermuda, moving west-north-west at about 13mph.

This would see it pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and make landfall on the North Carolina coast at about 22:00 local time on Thursday.

The chief meteorologist for WCBD-TV in South Carolina, Rob Fowler, told the BBC that Florence was a large storm and getting bigger, and those even 100 miles away would feel the impact, according to BBC.