Dominica prepares for passage of Hurricane Isaac

Dominica prepares for passage of Hurricane Isaac

Dominica prepares for passage of Hurricane Isaac

The National Hurricane Center said Tuesday morning that Florence is moving toward the west-northwest near 15 miles per hour (24 kmh) and the storm will continue a slight increase in speed during the next couple of days. Shortly before 2 p.m., Alert Carolina released a statement noting that until further notice, classes and operations would run as scheduled at the University.

South Carolina's governor ordered the state's entire coastline evacuated starting at noon Tuesday and predicted that 1 million people would flee as highways reverse directions.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster warned residents to prepare for possible evacuations and he even called on President Donald Trump to declare a federal emergency in the state to prepare for the impact of the storm.

The center of Florence was forecast to sweep between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday before making its assault on the USA coast.

Hurricane Florence was located south of Bermuda as of the National Hurricane Center's 8 a.m. report.

With current forecasts showing that Hurricane Florence will make landfall in North Carolina this week, the state got some important news.

Trump tweeted Monday afternoon that the federal government was monitoring the storm and was ready to help.

Beyond the damage from wind and high surf, Hurricane Florence is anticipated to slow over the Carolinas where it might dump up to 30 inches of rain over quite a bit of North and SC. Ilija Cesal told the newspaper he wouldn't worry about buying extra water or other supplies for a few more days.

The strengthening storm could be one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the Eastern Seaboard in decades, potentially carrying winds of up to 155 miles per hour. She said it was built in 2009 in Buxton, North Carolina, up on a ridge, and made to withstand a hurricane.

He said as far as the National Emergency Planning Organisation is concerned "we are taking no chances and we are leaving no stone unturned in respect to the preparation of the state, the country and its citizens for this incoming weather system". The latest Category 4 to hit the Carolinas was Hurricane Hazel in 1954.

"Red, no-swimming flags are flying, and everyone must stay out of the water", Dare County Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson said.

Issac delivers swell to the Lesser Antilles as it approaches the islands and also enhances trade winds around the northeast Caribbean, helping to send swell to some of the northern coasts as well.

Authorities warned of life-threatening coastal storm surges and the potential for Florence to unleash prolonged torrential rains and widespread flooding, especially if it lingers inland for several days.

Gradual weakening was expected Tuesday night and last until Helene returns to tropical storm status Thursday, forecasters said.

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