Intensifying Hurricane Florence could strike US Southeast

TROPICS: Florence to become a hurricane today; TD 9 strengthening

Florence had maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour, making it a Category 1 storm on the five-level Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale.

The storm became a hurricane Sunday and is expected to strengthen rapidly over the next few days as it heads toward the East Coast of the U.S.

The station, the largest naval complex in the world, said in a Facebook post that much of the base is prone to heavy flooding, especially the parking lots adjacent to the waterfront.

September 09-The state of sc is preparing for some level of impact from Hurricane Florence, Gov. Henry McMaster announced Sunday.

The storm's center was on track to pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Wednesday, the NHC said.

The governors of North and SC and Virginia declared states of emergency far ahead of the storm to get ready.

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Gov. Henry McMaster told a news conference Sunday that people should "pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of SC and is going to go way inshore".

More than 3.9 million homes that would cost more than a $1 trillion to rebuild are at risk from hurricanes on the U.S. Atlantic coast from ME to Florida, according to CoreLogic, a property analytics firm in Irvine, California.

"It's still important to remember the cone of uncertainty still covers the entire SC coast, as the governor mentioned, meaning that landfall along coastal SC is still a possibility", Quagliariello said. Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune urged residents to secure their homes but said it's too early to know if evacuations will be ordered.

At 6pm today, Florence was 720 miles southeast of the island, moving west at 7mph. Florida-based Carnival Cruise Line re-routed its cruise ships.

SC coastal areas can expect tropical storm force winds by Thursday morning on the storm's latest track, according to John Quagliariello from the National Weather Service in Columbia.

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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.

A storm would normally weaken considerably if it stalled on the coast, by choking off its own energy supply as it churned over its own wake, Watson said.

Forecasters predicted it would become a unsafe Category 4 storm before a possible landfall Friday.

The storm's sustained winds reached 75 mph (121 kph), just over the threshold for a hurricane, on Sunday morning as it was swirling across the Atlantic, about 750 miles (1,210 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda.

Tropical-storm-force winds could reach the coastline as early as Wednesday night, at which point all outdoor preparations should be completed.

Hurricane Olivia, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center's advisory issued at 11 a.m. ET Sunday, is approaching Hawaii with maximum sustained winds near 80 miles per hour and is expected to remain at hurricane strength through Monday evening. "Presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of SC".

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