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Powerful hurricane could be headed to US

Saturday, September 08, 2018

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MIAMI, United States (AP) — The US East Coast could be hit with a powerful hurricane next week as Tropical Storm Florence continues to strengthen as it moves toward the mainland, forecasters said Saturday.

Florence is expected to become a major hurricane by Monday, the National Hurricane Centre said, adding that "a significant phase of intensification" is expected late Saturday.

The Miami-based weather centre said although the storm could intensify to a Category 4 hurricane by midweek, its path was still unclear.

"Florence is forecast to be a dangerous major hurricane near the southeast US coast by late next week, and the risk of direct impacts continues to increase," the hurricane centre said Saturday.
Officials in the Carolinas warned residents to prepare and to brace for impact.

In South Carolina, Gov. Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency Saturday to give his state time to prepare for the possible arrival of the storm. McMaster emphasised that there's no way to know yet when and where the storm will hit land, or when evacuations might be called.

On Friday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency and urged residents to use the weekend to prepare for the possibility of a natural disaster.

"We are entering the peak of hurricane season and we know well the unpredictability and power of these storms," Cooper said.

The US Navy is making preparations this weekend for its ships in the Hampton Roads area to leave port. The US Fleet Forces Command said in a news release Saturday that the ships will get ready in anticipation of getting under way Monday to avoid storm damage.

Adm. Christopher Grady said in a statement that the decision was based on Florence's current track, which indicates the area could see strong sustained winds and storm surges.

The news release notes that plans could change if forecasts indicate a decrease in the strength or change in the track of the storm.

Swells generated by Florence are affecting Bermuda and could cause dangerous rip currents and coastal flooding Saturday in areas including coastal Delaware and New Jersey, the National Weather Service said.

At 5 pm EDT, the hurricane centre said Florence's maximum sustained winds were estimated to be 70 mph (110 kph). The storm was centred about 810 miles (1305 kilometres) southeast of Bermuda and moving west at 5 mph (7 kph).

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