Florence Remains as Category 3 in Its Advance Towards the Southeastern Coast of the USA

Advance Towards the Southeastern Coast of the USA: According to the National Hurricane Center, the dimensions of Florence “have increased” and maintains its potential of “storm surges and rains that endanger human life”

  • The NHC experts warned again about the great danger of “storm surge” along the coasts of North Carolina and South Carolina.

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The powerful hurricane Florence saw from the International Space Station.

The Hurricane Florence Category 3 fell very slightly its maximum sustained winds at 120 mph (195 km / h), but not its danger, while moving toward the Carolinas, on the southeastern coast of the US, where he will arrive on Friday.

The Southeastern Coast of the USA

In its 5:00 pm Miami time bulletin, the National Hurricane Center, NHC, noted that hurricane winds extend up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center of the system.

Similarly, tropical storm force winds now expand to 195 miles (315 km).

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Image of the powerful hurricane Florence over the Atlantic, taken from the International Space Station.

The center has warned that Florence’s size has “increased” and maintains its potential for “storm surge and rains that endanger human life” in large areas of the southeastern US coast.

It is 385 miles (615 kilometers) southeast of Willmington ( North Carolina ), and 420 miles (675 km / h) east-southeast of Myrtle Beach ( South Carolina ), where it is traveling with a speed of travel of 16 miles per hour (26 km / h).

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Image of the GOES-East satellite of the NOAA that shows that the well-defined cloud bands of the eye and the outer zone of Hurricane Florence, at the end of the morning of this Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

According to a probable trajectory pattern created by the NHC, Florence’s vortex will move this Wednesday through the southwest Atlantic, between Bermuda and the Bahamas, and will approach the coast of North Carolina and South Carolina on Friday.

“Some fluctuations in the intensity of the system are expected until Thursday,” although a “slow weakening” is expected from Thursday afternoon, meteorologists at the NHC, based in Miami, added.

However, Florence is still forecast to be an ” extremely dangerous major hurricane when it approaches the US coast” on Thursday afternoon and Friday.

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“Look out, America! #HurricaneFlorence is so huge that we could only capture it with a super wide-angle lens from @Space_Station, 400 km directly above the eye,” astronaut Alexander Gerst wrote on his Twitter account.

The NHC experts warned again about the great danger of “storm surge” along the coasts of North Carolina and South Carolina.

With Florence approaching the US, the NHC issued a hurricane warning from South Santee River (South Carolina) to Duck, Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds (North Carolina), and a hurricane watch from Edisto Beach (South Carolina) to North Carolina and the border with Virginia.

A hurricane storm warning is maintained in the area, where the NHC warns that “there is the possibility of life-threatening floods” due to an increase in sea level “moving inland” in the next 48 hours.

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Impressive image of the eye of Hurricane Florence taken from the International Space Station.

The dangerous storm surge will cause areas that are normally dry near the coast to be “flooded by an increase in sea level” that could reach between 9 and 13 feet (2.7 to 4 meters) in height from Cabo Fear to Cabo Lookout. , including Neuse, Pamlico, and Pungo, with “large and destructive waves”, highlighted the meteorologists.

In addition, Florence is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 20 to 30 inches (50-76 centimeters) with isolated amounts of 40 inches in areas of North Carolina and South Carolina.

In addition to Florence, another hurricane is active in the Atlantic, Helene, which lost intensity on Wednesday and went to Category 1 when its maximum sustained winds were lowered to 85 miles per hour (140 km / h) on the Saffir-Simpson scale. a maximum of 5.

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View of powerful Hurricane Florence: “The crew of @ Space_Station is thinking about those who will be affected,” astronaut Ricky Arnold wrote.

Helene is located 910 miles (1,465 kilometers) west-northwest of the Cape Verde Islands, on the northwest African coast, and 1,285 miles (2,065 kilometers) south-southwest of the Azores.

It moves north-northwest with a travel speed of 14 miles per hour (22 km / h) and will turn north and northeast in the next 48 hours.

Experts predict that Helene will experience a “gradual weakening” during the next 48 hours and “will degrade to a tropical storm on Thursday.”

To the north of Helene’s location is the newly formed tropical storm Joyce, which, with winds of 45 miles per hour (75 km / h), moves towards the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores, where it could arrive next week.

Further south is tropical storm Isaac, which is moving westward and maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (95 km / h) to the Caribbean and the Lesser Antilles, islands that could impact on Thursday afternoon.

 

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