Meanwhile, behind Florence is Hurricane Isaac, which had maximum sustained wins at 75 mph and was centered about 1,150 miles east of the Windward Islands, moving west at 14 mph. While the storm is expected to batter spanning the Southeast to the Mid-Atlantic region, it will likely have little to no impact on MA, forecasters say.
Forecasters say Florence will pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and start its approach to the USA on Thursday morning.
The storm is expected to produce 3 to 5 inches of rain across Martinique, Dominica, and Guadeloupe, with near 10 inches possible in isolated areas, forecasters said.
Henry McMaster (R) on Monday ordered a mandatory evacuation of the state's coastline ahead of Hurricane Florence's expected arrival on Thursday. The National Hurricane Center shows tropical storm force winds nearing our region by Saturday.
The National Hurricane Center expects Florence to pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday, and then approach the US states of North Carolina and SC by late Thursday into Friday.
The U.S. Navy said it was sending almost 30 ships from coastal Virginia out of port to ride out the storm. Watches are usually put in place 48 hours before landfall and warnings come after that.
The governors of Virginia, North Carolina, and SC have declared states of emergency in each of their states in advance of the storm, and stores in many areas are reporting empty shelves as shoppers stock up in preparation. If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could bring torrential rain to the Appalachian mountains and as far away as West Virginia, causing flash floods, mudslides and other unsafe conditions. Landfall may be Thurs. There is the added possibility that the storm will slow after landfall, bringing sustained torrential rainfall and the potential for catastrophic flooding.
"Large swells affecting Bermuda and portions of the US East Coast will continue this week". Hurricane Florence's offshore winds are causing swells and rip currents up and down the coast.
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Despite facing heavy winds late last week, Hurricane Florence beat the odds.
"We do not want to risk one SC life in this hurricane", McMaster said. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency late September 8 to mobilize personnel and resources for storm impacts and to speed the response to those communities that are damaged by the storm.
He noted: "As a result, people from southeastern Virginia to southern New Jersey could have damaging winds and significant coastal flooding, even if Florence hovers or moves ashore in North Carolina".
Agriculture is an important aspect of North Carolina's industry.
Here's another look at the projected path showed the center of the storm hitting near the North Carolina cities of Raleigh, Charlotte, and Greensboro.
Very seriously. That was the message North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper delivered Monday morning. In September 1989, Hurricane Hugo smashed its way up from the SC coast near Charleston and made a beeline for Charlotte, knocking over thousands of trees and leaving many without power for weeks.
Forecasters say Florence will pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and start its approach to the US on Thursday morning.
A hurricane hunter plane found Florence strengthening quickly, reaching top winds of 85 miles per hour Sunday evening after crossing the 74 miles per hour threshold from tropical storm to a hurricane earlier in the day.