Florence isn’t the only one. There are 3 more hurricanes brewing

Florence isn’t the only one. There are 3 more hurricanes brewing

Florence isn’t the only one. There are 3 more hurricanes brewing

Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall somewhere between North Carolina, South Carolina, and the Mid-Atlantic states on Thursday evening or Friday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

As of 12:00 p.m. on Monday, Data from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter indicate that Florence has continued to rapidly strengthen and has maximum sustained winds near 130 miles per hour (195 km/h) and a minimum central pressure of 946 mb making the powerful storm a Category 4. The hurricane center cited data from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft that showed Florence was rapidly intensifying, with maximum sustained winds near 140 miles per hour.

Large swells are already affecting Bermuda and parts of the U.S. East Coast, according to the NHC.

Hurricane Florence is projected to reach the United States East Coast on Thursday as an "extremely unsafe major hurricane" as it continues to pick up speed and become better organized along the way.

Despite the storm being still some distance away from land, the National Hurricane Center has confirmed it is on track to hit the area around North and SC by Friday.

"This is still a very risky storm", South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said at a Tuesday news conference.

CNN's forecasters warn that Florence could be the strongest and most devastating hurricane to hit North and SC in about three decades.

Hurricane Florence is growing in size and strength as it barrels toward the Southeastern U.S. for an expected landfall in the Carolinas later this week as an "extremely unsafe hurricane", according to the National Hurricane Center.

The latest GFS model shows Florence staying just offshore, bringing massive amounts of rain and heavy winds to the coast. NASA's Aqua satellite caught Hurricane Florence developing an eye Sunday as the storm ramped up its intensity.

Forecasters say Florence will pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and start its approach to the US on Thursday morning.

"Folks, if you are in the Carolinas or Virginia - this is a historic storm", declared Eric Holthaus, meteorologist and journalist who writes about extreme weather and climate change for Grist.

A mandatory evacuation will start at noon Tuesday for eight coastal counties, McMaster said in a press conference Monday afternoon. The state's emergency management agency said it's "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster".

"We are preparing for the worst and of course hoping for the best". One out of every five South Carolinians, about 1 million in all, are in the evacuation zones covering eight counties.

"Right now it's 625 miles South of Bermuda, with 105 mph winds".

Florence was expected to build into potentially catastrophic Category 5 hurricane today as it closed in on North and SC. She grew up on the shore, and says this will be only the second time she's evacuated.

Florence's predicted path, as of early Monday morning.

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".

The costliest hurricane in United States history, Katrina was a Category 3 storm when it made landfall on the Gulf Coast in August 2005 - claiming an estimated 1,833 lives.

Impacts from high wind, storm surge and inland river flooding could be "extreme", according to the weather service, especially considering the storm could stall over North Carolina, spinning bands of rain that could total 20 inches in some locations.

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