UPDATE 09/12/18: Hurricane Florence has been reclassified as a category 2 storm as it begins the long, slow march across the Carolina coast. While the danger of the storm’s eye diminishes, the threat of torrential rain and floods is growing as the storm slows down.
Hurricane Florence is already a Category 4 storm and growing. The storm is on track to put millions in danger as it is expected to strike the southeastern United States in the next few days. Florence is “expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and rainfall” to the Carolinas, Virginia, and other Mid-Atlantic states reports the National Hurricane Center.
“On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas [Wednesday], and approach the coast of North Carolina or South Carolina in the hurricane warning area on Thursday and Friday,” the NHC said yesterday.
.@NWSWPC is forecasting a high to moderate risk of flash flooding starting Thursday across most of eastern North Carolina from #Florence. 15-25" with isolated maximum amounts of 35" are possible over portions of North Carolina and Virginia. https://t.co/f4Czb6sTOg pic.twitter.com/kNpMvPfXuj
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 11, 2018
“Florence is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale,” it noted. “Strengthening is forecast through [Wednesday]. While some weakening is expected on Thursday, Florence is forecast to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane as it approaches the U.S. coast.”
The video below compares the sizes of some of the most memorable Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Tropical Storms in recent history.
It’s interesting that some of the more dangerous storms weren’t necessarily the biggest, then again, some of the huge ones were very bad like Sandy for example.
Take a look at the video below. If you’re in the path of Hurricane Florence, please be safe and evacuate now!