Tropical storm Florence likely to become a hurricane, forecasters say

Hurricane Florence tracker and spaghetti models

The governors of North and SC and Virginia declared states of emergency to give them time to prepare, and the Navy said ships in Virginia's Hampton Roads area would leave port for their own safety.

US Navy ships are also evacuating their ships in the Hampton Roads area to leave the port. The ships will head to portions of the Atlantic where they can avoid the storm.

Meanwhile, naval bases near Virginia's coast are also sandbagging flood prone areas and topping off fuel generators.

- South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has declared a state of emergency in preparation of a possible impact from Tropical Storm Florence.

Farther north into the Delmarva Peninsula, residents of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and NY and coastal and inland areas should also monitor the storm and prepare in case the forecast shifts to the north and east.

Dare County officials have announced that a mandatory evacuation order goes into effect on Hatteras Island at noon Monday.

"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 hurricane is expected to move between Bermuda and the Bahamas through Wednesday before it makes its final approach to the East Coast on Thursday.

The storm's first effects were already apparent on barrier islands as unsafe rip currents hit beaches and seawater flowed over a state highway. ET, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an advisory. However it's still expected to be at or near hurricane strength by the time it reaches the Lesser Antilles.

Wednesday's model tracks shows a landfall in the southeastern coast of North Carolina on Friday, maintaining its Category 4 status. "Presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of SC".

Officials in the Carolinas warned residents to prepare and to brace for impact. Before that, no major hurricane (Category 3 or greater) had arrived in the United States since 2005.

So why was a state of emergency declared?

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The storm was producing large swells expected to reach from the northern Caribbean to the southern coasts of Canada's Maritime provinces.

Tropical Depression Nine became Tropical Storm Isaac on Saturday afternoon over the eastern tropical Atlantic, the National Hurricane Center said.

"It could approach the coast as far south as Georgia, or as far north as Virginia, and if we're really lucky it will stay away from the coast altogether", said Moss. People were told to prepare to evacuate communities up and down a stretch of coastline already identified as particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels due to climate change.

"I don't think many of us have ever been through a Category 4".

The hurricane's path was still far from certain Monday. It was picking up speed over the Atlantic's warm waters, causing concerns about landfall and flooding from heavy rains afterward, possibly late Thursday or Friday.

Camp Lejeune says in a statement that it's urging personnel to prepare now, and will open shelters on the base if necessary.

Florence's immediate threat for residents includes large ocean swells, unsafe rip currents and coastal flooding. It was moving west at 6 miles per hour. The island state is still recovering from Hurricane Lane, which brought flooding rains to many areas last month. Florence is expected to remain an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday.

Florence is moving toward the west near 9 km/h, and this general motion is expected to continue today.

The peak of hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean is September 10, and right on schedule, the Atlantic Basin has come to life with numerous areas of concern. Weakening is forecast to begin by the middle of the week.

Several meteorologists said Florence could do what Hurricane Harvey did a year ago over Texas, dumping days of rain, although not quite as bad.

At 5 p.m. EDT, the storm's center was located about 525 miles (845 kilometers) south-southeast of Bermuda and about 1,170 miles (1880 kilometers) east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina. The storm's winds had increased to 140 miles per hour by Monday afternoon.

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