Hurricane Florence Latest Path Projected by GFS Model

Hurricane Florence Latest Path Projected by GFS Model

The National Weather Service upgraded Florence to a Category 3 storm in its 11 a.m. update.

Hurricane Florence, a unsafe Category 4 hurricane, continued it's slow slog toward the N.C. coast late Monday, with forecasters expecting the storm to strengthen even more before likely weakening before landfall.

Feasting off the energy from unusually strong sea surface temperatures, Hurricane Florence is intensifying quickly and tracking inexorably toward landfall along the U.S. Southeast or Mid-Atlantic coast on Thursday.

"You never know, there could be tree missiles coming from any direction", she said.

Where is the hurricane now?

The hurricane will pose a pretty serious threat to the East Coast and is expected to produce winds of around 140 miles per hour as it makes landfall. The National Hurricane Center shows tropical storm force winds nearing our region by Saturday. Two other storms also are churning in the Atlantic.

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A Life-threatening storm surge is becoming more likely along the coastline of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia, and a Storm Surge Watch will likely be issued for portions of these areas by Tuesday morning.

The governors of Virginia, North Carolina, and SC have declared states of emergency in each of their states in advance of the storm, and stores in many areas are reporting empty shelves as shoppers stock up in preparation.

In announcing his evacuation order, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said an estimated 1 million people would be fleeing the coast.

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As of 12pm EST, the storm was centered approximately 1,230 miles from Cape Fear, North Carolina.

"Action today can avoid losses due to Florence", he said.

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The first mandatory evacuation order was issued at noon, and Cooper expects more later Monday and Tuesday.

Obviously the forecast at this point isn't 100 percent certain, but even the deviant courses aren't very far off from the main prediction.

Florence went through significant strengthening and intensification Monday morning, starting the day as a Category 2 hurricane and strengthening to Category 4 by afternoon.

As Hurricane Florence grows stronger, meteorologists say it could hit the Carolinas later this week. It's forecasted to hit the Carolinas on Thursday and Friday.

"(R) esidents and guests of Beaufort County will be allowed to travel within county borders, until there is a need for lane reversals on USA 278 and US 21", a Monday evening message from the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office said, urging residents to leave by Tuesday.

Accuweather's Alex Sosnowski noted that the storm will also affect the mid-Atlantic region.

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It says that the winds are likely to hit North and SC around Thursday morning, and Pennsylvania by the evening.

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