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

Florence is now a hurricane, McMaster advises prep for

Florence intensifies; landfall across North Carolina becomes more likely

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) announced Hurricane Florence continued to strengthen Monday morning, with experts claiming the storm will likely impact Bermuda, the Bahamas, and the United States this week.

US Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Roger Hannah said all nuclear power plants in the area were preparing but that Duke Energy Corp's Brunswick and Harris plants in North Carolina were most likely to be affected and, if Florence turns north, Dominion Energy Inc's Surry plant in Virginia.

Where is the hurricane now?

It was moving to the west-northwest at 9 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour.

Tropical-storm-force winds are expected to start to reach the coast of the Carolinas on Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said. 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.

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The National Hurricane Center says storm surge from Hurricane Florence could be up to 13 feet in some areas of North Carolina . This includes cities in the path of Florence such as Wilmington and Cape Hatteras in North Carolina and Norfolk, Virginia.

He noted: "As a result, people from southeastern Virginia to southern New Jersey could have damaging winds and significant coastal flooding, even if Florence hovers or moves ashore in North Carolina".

What else should I know?

North Carolina seems to be the state that could bear the brunt of the winds, along with SC and parts of southern Virginia.

"Regardless of where the storm makes landfall, all residents in Stanly should prepare for this hurricane", said Brian T. Simpson, director of emergency services.

Residents in North Carolina and other East Coast states should pay attention to the storm and begin to think about hurricane plans.

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Tropical storm force winds could begin along the coast Wednesday evening and have the potential to impact the Triangle.

"Large swells and high threats of rip currents associated with Tropical Storm Florence will produce life-threatening ocean conditions along Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) beaches", the statement said.

The center of the hurricane is forecast to move across the Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas tomorrow and Wednesday (Sept. 11-12), before approaching the southeastern coast of the US on Thursday.

A hurricane bringing 90 miles per hour winds and the risk of devastating storms and floods is hurtling toward the U.S., prompting a large portion of the East Coast to declare a formal state of emergency. Officials have declared states of emergency in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Once the storm makes landfall, McMaster said, it's expected to move slowly, dumping extreme amounts of rain likely to cause flooding.

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"We're looking at a lot of rain, a lot of wind coming up this week".

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