Hurricane Florence Path Toward the East Coast Triggers States' Price-Gouging Laws

Hurricane Florence Path Toward the East Coast Triggers States' Price-Gouging Laws

Hurricane Florence Path Toward the East Coast Triggers States' Price-Gouging Laws

Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean provides update on storm track.

While it is too soon to determine the exact timing, location, and magnitude of these impacts, interests at the coast and inland from SC into the mid-Atlantic region should closely monitor the progress of Florence, ensure they have their hurricane plan in place, and follow any advice given by local officials.

There are no coastal warnings in effect for the United States, but swells from Florence are already affecting portions of the U.S. East Coast and Bermuda.

Panovich said one thing to worry about is the storm slowing down as it approaches the Carolina's.

Where is the hurricane now?

Henry McMaster (R) on Monday ordered a mandatory evacuation of the state's coastline ahead of Hurricane Florence's expected arrival on Thursday.

Lining up behind Florence, Isaac was about 1,230 miles (1,985 kilometers) east of the Windward Islands with top winds of 75 mph (120 kph) early Monday, moving west at 13 mph (20 kph).

Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall somewhere between North Carolina, South Carolina, and the Mid-Atlantic states on Thursday evening or Friday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

The storm's potential path also includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and numerous eastern hog farms that store animal waste in massive open-air lagoons.

An animation of GOES-16 weather satellite imagery shows Florence strengthening from a tropical storm into a Category 1 hurricane at 15 UTC on Sunday, September 9, 2018.

"Further strengthening is anticipated, and Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday", NHC forecasters warned.

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What else should I know?

President Donald Trump on Monday urged "the incredible citizens of North Carolina, South Carolina and the entire East Coast" to "take all necessary precautions" as the storm approaches.

In an earlier update, officials said Florence's winds could reach 150 mph over the next 36 hours.

In North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper waived agricultural transportation restrictions in order to allow farmers to move goods more quickly.

As of 11 a.m. ET Monday, Florence's maximum sustained winds had increased to 115 miles per hour, with higher gusts, the hurricane center said. The storm is forecast to strengthen even more.

Oliva said various models have the storm's eye making landfall anywhere between Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Cape Hatteras in the Outer Banks.

"This one is hard", she said, having been through hurricane damage before.

North Carolina should brace for three dangers from Florence, Cooper said: coastal ocean surges, strong winds and flooding.

The Charlotte region has a better than 50 percent chance of seeing tropical storm-force winds (between 39 and 73 mph) later this week, according to the latest forecasts from the National Hurricane Center. "They're coming in and buying water and plates, and that's about all they're buying".

Two other hurricanes are now churning in the Atlantic Ocean.

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