Tropical Storm Florence turns into a hurricane

Tropical Storm Florence turns into a hurricane

Tropical Storm Florence turns into a hurricane

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"None of the guidance suggest that Florence has peaked in intensity", the Hurricane Center said, predicting that its peak winds will reach 155 miles per hour Tuesday, just 2 miles per hour shy of Category 5. From Saturday onward, Florence will be over the warmest ocean it has been since it formed eight days ago, which is fuel for hurricanes. At this point, its exact landfall location is very hard to determine as Florence will eventually make a NW and then north turn.

Up and down the densely populated coast, residents have been told to prepare, and not just for a possible direct blow. Florence could slow or stall on or near shore, scooping up massive amounts of seawater. Forecasters also warned of a rising threat of life-threatening storm surge, along with the damaging winds.

According to WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss, although Florence is already creating rip currents along North Carolina's coast, the storm could have direct impacts on as far south as Georgia or as far north as Virginia by Thursday or Friday.

Florence is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 15 to 20 inches and possibly 30 inches in some spots along its track over portions of North Carolina, Virginia and northern SC through Saturday.

"We are in the bull's-eye", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said at a news conference.

In coastal Charleston, South Carolina, city officials offered sandbags to residents.

It is too early to determine what, if any, impacts this system will have on the Caribbean.

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Whiteville's Lowes Home Improvement Store was doing a brisk business in plywood, duct tape, and generators Sunday afternoon. Vessel owners should make sure to check safety equipment is working and remove boats from the water or take them to safe harbor as the storm approaches.

North Carolina crews were getting bulldozers and chain saws ready. As of Saturday evening, the hurricane was 1,190 miles east of Honolulu.

"I'm telling them to go inland, but I'm anxious about the rain and tornadoes too", Roberts said.

The U.S. Navy said it was sending almost 30 ships from coastal Virginia out of port to ride out the storm.

Florida-based Carnival Cruise Line was re-routing its cruise ships, but there were other hurricanes to contend with.

It is now about 840 miles southeast of Bermuda and 720 miles northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands with maximum-sustained winds of 65 mph.

A Hurricane Warning has been issued from South Santee River, S.C., to Duck, N.C., and the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds while a Tropical Storm Watch was issued from north of the North Carolina/Virginia border to Cape Charles Light, Va., and for the Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort.

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