Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Bennie Mills

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Residents in North Carolina have been issued with a mandatory evacuation order as Hurricane Florence has been upgraded to a Category 4 storm.

Florence, now a Category 4 hurricane, is headed toward the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states with 140 miles per hour winds and is expected to make landfall late Thursday or early Friday.

The NHC issued a hurricane watch for the coastal area stretching from SC up through North Carolina and into southern Virginia.

Storm scientists are swooping through Hurricane Florence as it increases in size and heads toward landfall on the East Coast later this week. "Florence continues on a track to impact the USA mainland by Thursday or Friday". Combined with high tides, the storm surge could swell as high as 12 feet.

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Hurricane Florence became the first Category 4 hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season last week and despite weakening due to strong wind shear - changes in wind speed occurring at right angles to the wind's direction and exerting a turning force - as well as cooler waters, it regained this level of strength at midday on Monday.

By 11pm Monday (Tues afternoon NZT), Florence was centered about 1,745 kilometres east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and moving west at 20 km/h. Tropical storm force winds are rated at 39 to 73.

Forecasters are predicting that Florence will make landfall in the Carolinas late Thursday or early Friday as a Category 3 hurricane.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said during a press conference on Tuesday that his state "must be vigilant" in preparing for such an "unpredictable" storm.

Life-threatening and catastrophic river and flash flooding is also a near certainty for the Carolinas. Eastern on Tuesday, Florence was swirling in the Atlantic toward the Carolinas coast at a rate of 17 miles per hour, the NHC said. The biggest risks from Hurricane Florence may not come from wind, but from the associated rainfall.

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Steve Pfaff, a warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Wilmington office, warned impacts could include storm surge and wind damage, although the storm's path remains uncertain at this time.

To whip up a monstrous storm like the one chugging for the Carolinas you need a handful of ingredients - and Florence has them all.

Airlines have allowed passengers to change travel plans that take them into the hurricane's possible path. All three states have already declared states of emergency and 1.5 million people have been told to evacuate.

A shop owner boards up his Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, building. "It's more like a (Hurricane) Harvey situation, where it'll just slowly wind down".

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