Isaac becomes 3rd hurricane sweeping through Atlantic

Jan Cross
September 12, 2018

"Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km) from the center".

"We are in the bull's-eye", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference Monday. It is not yet known if Florence will make landfall. The flooding might be similar to what the Carolinas experienced during Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

The probably path of Hurricane Florence as of September 9, 2018, estimating the landfall of the storm in the Carolinas at Thursday evening or Friday morning.

The State of Emergency Center offered tips for your family's safety plan which include know your evacuation zone, prepare to evacuate if your city is ordered to do so, fuel your cars, keep supplies and important documents in your cars, get supplies to protect your home and think of the well-being of your pets too.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Isaac is expected to weaken as it approaches the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean, and then possibly fall apart.

NHC spokesman Dennis Feltgen said historically, 90 percent of fatalities from hurricanes, tropical storms and tropical depressions have been caused by water. Extremely unsafe hurricane-force winds could batter coastal locations Thursday into Friday. And with little wind shear to pull the storm apart, Florences hurricane wind field was expected to expand over the coming days, increasing its storm surge and inland wind threats. Where exactly the zone of heaviest rain will be is a big uncertainty.

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For many, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge: If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could carry torrential rains up into the Appalachian mountains, causing flash floods, mudslides and other risky weather across a wide area. A mandatory evacuation for residents and visitors in other areas of the county goes into effect at 7 a.m. Tuesday. But forecasters said that the risk of "direct impacts continues to increase" and that a huge coastal area from northern Florida to North Carolina should prepare for a major hit.

Where the storm makes landfall has implications for where the strongest winds and biggest rise in water at the coast occurs, but strong winds and extreme rainfall could occur at great distances from the landfall location.

"The university will continue monitoring the situation in close collaboration with the National Weather Service and state and local agencies, and will share updates as they develop",

The Miami-based center defines a major hurricane as one with wind speed greater than 110 miles per hour. Florence was a Category 4 storm late afternoon Monday.

"All of the evidence points to an extreme disaster in the making in the mid-East Coast/Carolina region", said Bryan Norcross, a senior hurricane specialist with the Weather Channel.

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

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