Hurricane Florence Likely To Hit Black Residents The Hardest

US Military Gearing Up For Hurricane Florence

Florence is still a Category 4 hurricane with winds up to 130 miles per hour. It will likely become a major hurricane as early as Monday, reaching category 3 criteria.

If Florence hits as predicted, the communities along the waterways and on the coast around Wilmington could see a storm surge of 9 feet or more above ground level, according to federal storm surge estimates.

Panovich: Right now it looks like landfall is going to occur sometime early Friday morning between, I would say, 4 a.m. and probably about 8 a.m., but it might actually never make it all the way in.

Maximum sustained winds are near 140 miles per hour Florence is a now a category 4 hurricane. "He also told us that he has requested, activated 200 National Guards with thousands more available should that be necessary".

Tropical-storm force winds are now extending 175 miles outwards from the eye of the storm, which illustrates how far its effects may be felt. Yesterday officials in Beaufort County, home to Hilton Head Island, held a news conference and urged people to leave voluntarily.

A state of emergency has been declared in three USA states, as the east coast braces for the arrival of category five storm Florence. He said the government is prepared for the storm.

The flooding will depend whether Florence slows down and lingers over coastal areas as it moves inland, Salna says.

"Interests elsewhere in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic states should monitor the progress of Florence".

The hurricane is expected to dump heavy rain throughout the region and FEMA officials said it's not just a coastal problem. SC governor Henry McMaster also suspended his campaign and asked President Donald Trump for a federal emergency declaration. Florence is now heading for ocean water with surface temperatures of around 85 degrees, meaning it will likely strengthen on its way to the East Coast.

The United States faced a series of high-powered hurricanes a year ago, including Hurricane Maria, which killed some 3,000 people in Puerto Rico, and Hurricane Harvey, which caused an estimated US$1.25 billion in damage when it brought catastrophic flooding to Houston.

Drawing energy from the warm water, it could have top sustained winds of 130 miles per hour or more by Tuesday, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said.