Hurricane Florence strengthens to a Category 3 storm

Hurricane Florence

Maximum sustained winds were nearly 85 miles per hour Monday morning, the hurricane center said.

Hurricane Florence intensified Monday, becoming a Category 4 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

However, it is expected to affect over a wide area of the southeastern United States, Including parts of north Georgia and metro Atlanta over the course of the next week. Vessels that can't leave port will prepare by a variety of means, from adding mooring and storm lines to dropping anchor and disconnecting shore power cables.

Where is the hurricane now?

This storm is located approximately 1,170 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina.

According to the noon-time update from the NHC, operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Florence now has sustained winds of almost 130 miles per hour and has no become what the agency considers "a major hurricane".

Hurricane Florence is expected to hit the southeastern U.S.as "a large and extremely unsafe hurricane", the National Hurricane Center says, after the storm quickly strengthened on Monday.

The NHC issued a warning Monday morning, explaining when powerful gusts may approach.

The latest projection for the path of the storm, released Sunday, shows the storm track centered on Wilmington, N.C., with forecasters predicting it will be a "dangerous major hurricane" by the time it reaches the coast later in the week.

What else should I know?

It appears the storm is mostly likely to make landfall in North or SC by the end of the week, but it could still shift, and states in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast are being warned to brace for potentially historic storm effects.

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As Hurricane Florence grows stronger, meteorologists say it could hit the Carolinas later this week.

Over the weekend, the governors of Virginia, North Carolina and SC declared states of emergency, according to CNN. It was not immediately clear how many people were being evacuated.

All government services will remain in operation today as Hurricane Florence passes to the south of the island.

While it is still too early to tell the future of Isaac beyond the Lesser Antilles, models are hinting it will battle wind shear and weaken in the Caribbean Sea.

The Navy said all ships in Virginia's coastal Hampton Roads area were preparing to leave port for open seas. "Florence is expected to be an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday".

Mandatory evacuations have begun along North Carolina's coast.

The United States was hit with a series of high-powered hurricanes previous year, including Hurricane Maria, which killed some 3,000 people in Puerto Rico, and Hurricane Harvey, which killed about 68 people and caused an estimated $1.25 billion in damage with catastrophic flooding in Houston.

In the Pacific, Tropical Storm Olivia is set to sweep through the Hawaiian islands Tuesday, where tropical storm watches have been posted.

"With Hurricane Florence on its way, we determined that this is the safest decision", wrote Michael Glassner of the Trump Campaign in a statement.

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