Hurricane Florence top winds dip to 130 miles per hour

Hawaii residents are on edge again as the latest storm threat shows Hurricane Olivia headed for the Islands

Hawaii residents are on edge again as the latest storm threat shows Hurricane Olivia headed for the Islands

As Axios noted, many areas in the path of the storm have not seen hurricanes of this strength for decades-like Charleston, South Carolina, where the last Category 4 storm was Hugo in 1989.

As a result, Florence "is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday", Sept. 13, said the NHC.

Its center will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday.

State emergencies have already been declared in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland.

Forecasters cautioned, though, Florence could impact anywhere from northern Florida to north of the Washington, D.C., area.

In the Pacific, Hurricane Olivia triggered warnings for multiple Hawaiian islands, blowing westward and expected to arrive in the state as soon as late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

Florence has grown to a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 130mph as it descends upon the southeastern seaboard of the US.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles (45 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km). Behind Isaac, Hurricane Helene is picking up strength, with twist paces of more than 105 miles per hour as of Monday afternoon.

The category 4 hurricane is now moving to the west at 13 miles per hour and is expected to begin a turn to the northwest by late Wednesday.

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The "extremely unsafe major hurricane" is predicted to hit the coast late Thursday or early Friday morning, dropping as much as 30 inches of rain in some areas, says the National Hurricane Center.

Florida governor Rick Scott, whose state experiences the most hurricane-force storms in the U.S., pledged resources, expertise and guidance to the three states in which emergencies have been declared.

"We do not want to risk one SC life in this hurricane", Governor Henry McMaster told a news conference. The storm will also be in a position where it can continue to collect more moisture from the Atlantic - and that's an alarming combination.

After the initial threat of damaging hurricane-force winds as the storm hits, flooding becomes a life-threatening concern.

Image: A map showing the path of the hurricane.

Since hurricane-force winds are likely to make their way to the coast by Wednesday, residents need to be preparing now, he added, as it will soon be far too unsafe to go outside.

A warm ocean is the fuel that powers hurricanes, and Florence will be moving over waters where temperatures are peaking near 30C, hurricane specialist Eric Blake wrote.

"Additional strengthening is forecast during this time, but some fluctuations in intensity are likely due to eyewall replacement cycles". But the storm is expected to restrengthen over the next day or so. Still, the storm would produce flooding rains across a large part of the U.S. South, expanding the damage, according to Enki Research's Watson.

"Let me be clear: North Carolina is taking Hurricane Florence seriously and you should too", Mr Cooper said at a news conference.

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