Super Simple Life Hacks to Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Florence

Two tropical depressions in Atlantic Article by Barbados Today Published on September 8, 2018

Only ten hurricane have made landfall on the Southeast coast since 1851, and if Florence hits North Carolina as a Category 4 it will be the strongest storm to ever come ashore that far north.

The storm is forecast to continue towards the United States, and approach the southeastern coast by Thursday.

Hurricane Olivia, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center's advisory issued at 11 p.m. ET Sunday, is approaching Hawaii with maximum sustained winds of near 80 miles per hour and is expected to remain at hurricane strength through Monday evening.

National Hurricane Center says swells generated by Florence are affecting Bermuda and portions of the U.S. East Coast.

The governors of North and SC, as well as Virginia, have declared states of emergency ahead of landfall.

Cooper has requested President Donald Trump to issue a disaster declaration for the state to relief can be delivered to affected areas as soon as possible after the storm passes.

"Pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of SC and is going to go way inshore", McMaster said at a press conference.

As Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington canceled classes and encouraged its students to leave campus for a safer location.

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Its maximum sustained winds are at 105 miles per hour (165 kmh).

Florence is a major threat to lives, homes, agriculture and the waning tourist season. Tropical Storm Isaac is also strengthening over the eastern tropical Atlantic and is expected to become a hurricane by late Sunday.

There are no reported coastal watches or warnings in effect.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper urged his state's residents to get ready, noting the storm was generating swelling waves and unsafe currents.

Florence is also a large storm, with hurricane force winds extending out 30 miles and tropical storm force winds extending out 140 miles from the center, which means any landfall would see a wide area affected and with days to go before any landfall could occur Florence will likely grow in size as well as strength.

NHC spokesman Dennis Feltgen said historically, 90 percent of fatalities from hurricanes, tropical storms and tropical depressions have been caused by water. Multiple states have already declared a state of emergency in preparation for the damaging flooding that Florence is likely to bring. The weather service estimates that the storm will take a sharp north turn into the middle of the Atlantic later in the week.

All of Hatteras Island was under mandatory evacuation order and other parts of the Outer Banks will have to evacuate by 7 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT) on Tuesday, Dare County Emergency Management said in a statement.

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