'Monster' Florence to pummel USA southeast

Hurricanes Florence Isaac and Helene moving through the Atlantic

Hurricanes Florence Isaac and Helene moving through the Atlantic

Another four million people are under a tropical storm watch.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service is providing regional-specific briefings on the expected impacts of Hurricane Florence.

Major storms and flooding hit the Carolinas in 2015 and 2016.

Florence is packing maximum sustained winds near 130 miles per hour, with higher gusts - and it's getting both larger and better-organized, the hurricane center said.

The worst place to be in a hurricane is the right-front quadrant, where onshore winds are strongest and the storm surge is maximized. Since reliable record-keeping began more than 150 years ago, North Carolina has been hit by only one Category 4 hurricane: Hazel, with 130mph winds, in 1954. The middle of the cone shows Florence coming ashore around Topsail Island - a slightly southern tweak from earlier projections.

Volvo has temporarily halted production at its SC factory as Hurricane Florence approaches the southeast coast.

- Where the storm ultimately makes landfall is irrelevant.

UCF and North Carolina are looking at the feasibility of rescheduling for this season, but that remains highly unlikely. While college football is an irrelevant speck on the radar of life when a hurricane is set to make landfall, we're still tracking games impacted by Hurricane Florence. "Any amounts of money, whatever it takes, we're going to do it".

"It's well south of us", said Hubbard.

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Still, it was Isner who struck first, closing the opening tiebreaker with a 132 miles per hour (212 kph) ace down the middle. He shook his head. 'I think from the third set he moved a little bit up. "It's just very hard to deal with".

Virginia's governor ordered a mandatory evacuation for some residents of low-lying coastal areas, while some coastal counties in North Carolina have done the same. The hurricane center predicts a "heavy rainfall event, which may extend inland over the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic for hundreds of miles".

"It does look a bit similar to Harvey in a sense that it goes roaring into shore and then comes to a screeching stop", said MIT meteorology professor and hurricane expert Kerry Emanuel. "It's weakened, but unfortunately, the eye has expanded out to a diameter now of about 30-35 nautical miles". That Category 4 storm destroyed 15,000 buildings and killed 19 people in North Carolina.

"Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls".

National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham also warned that Florence is expected to linger once onshore, downing trees, knocking out electricity and causing widespread flooding. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months.

The tristate area continues to be among the most costly for motorists, with New Yorkers paying an average of $3.00 per gallon and CT paying $3.04 per gallon.

However, Hubbard said Florence is not expected to have any impact on Canada, given its predicted track into the US mainland, where it will likely weaken considerably on the weekend.

Florence's growth from an ordinary tropical storm to a major hurricane had been well-forecasted since the cyclone originated from a strong tropical wave that emerged off the coast of Africa on August 30.

With the remnants of one tropical storm already dumping rain across Atlantic Canada on Tuesday, residents were keeping a close watch on three other storms churning their way across the Atlantic.

Farther to the east, Hurricane Helene is now a Category 2 storm, but it's expected to curve harmlessly northward and weaken in the central Atlantic.

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