Meteorologist's Reaction to Hurricane Florence: 'Wow'

The NOAA Coastal Watches  Warnings and Forecast Cone for Hurricane Florence as of 5 a.m. Monday

Hurricane Florence is expected to be back at major hurricane status sometime Monday, and could impact the mid-Atlantic coast late this week as a category 4 hurricane.

Hurricane Florence intensified Monday, becoming a Category 4 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). This storm is located approximately 1,170 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's office described Florence as possibly the state's "most significant hurricane event in decades", and warned of "catastrophic inland flooding, high winds and possible widespread power outages".

Where is the hurricane now?

Hurricanes Isaac was showing little change in strength as it moved towards the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles, while Hurricane Florence was expected to move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas by Wednesday.

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

Tropical storm-force winds could reach the coast by Wednesday night, and hurricane-force winds could reach by Thursday night into Friday, according to The Washington Post.

What else should I know?

It's not just North Carolina that is "taking Hurricane Florence seriously", either, in SC and Virginia residents have also declared states of emergency following the updates on the storm.

SC emergency management officials said they were "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster". All three states have declared states of emergency.

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McMaster said folks should prepare for a lot of flooding in the Pee Dee area.

Florence regained Hurricane strength yesterday morning and is considered a potential threat as it is expected to pass within 460 miles of the island in the next 72 hours.

Hurricane Florence is the first of what looks like could be a trio of storms to hit the USA in rapid succession.

Hazel also wreaked havoc on Southern Ontario, dumping over 200 milimetres of rain on Toronto alone, while packing winds over 100 km/h.

In coastal Charleston, South Carolina, city officials offered sandbags to residents.

The eye of the storm is expected to fall on Wilmington, North Carolina. This has every chance of being a historic landfalling hurricane for the North Carolina coastline should the track remain unchanged.

Hurricane Isaac has seriously weakened recently due to the wind shear in the Atlantic.

The US navy has ordered ships at its Hampton Roads, Virginia base to put to sea, saying "the forecasted destructive winds and tidal surge are too great to keep the ships in port".

The early projections show a 20-30"+ rainfall forecast, winds over 110 miles per hour, and a major storm surge!"