Hurricane Helene turns northwestward, not a threat to land

Hurricane Helene turns northwestward, not a threat to land

Hurricane Helene turns northwestward, not a threat to land

In May, the Canadian Hurricane Centre said its forecasters were expecting a "near-normal to above-normal" number of storms this season, a prediction that has proven to be correct - so far.

President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC, opening the way for federal aid.

All eyes are on Hurricane Florence and its path toward the Carolinas, but other hurricanes and tropical storms are brewing as well.

"On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday, and approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday", the National Hurricane Center said.

Florence could slam the Carolinas harder than any hurricane since Hazel, which hit in 1954 with 130 miles per hour (209 kph) winds.

The center of the massive storm is then forecast to meander Thursday, Friday and Saturday over a stretch of coastline saturated by rising seas, inundating several states and triggering life-threatening floods. The storm is forecast to strengthen even more. Combined with high tides, the storm surge could swell as high as 12 feet. "With time, the wind pushes the water into every nook and cranny you can think of", Graham said.

Hogan says the declaration of emergency is a planning measure to ensure all necessary resources are mobilized in areas of the state with greatest potential need.

President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid. Wind shear will also play a part in weakening the storm.

Duke has 4 million customers in the Carolinas.

Meanwhile in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Olivia was close to Hawaii, where tropical storm warnings and watches are in effect, according to the Pacific Hurricane Center. Hurricane-force winds (75+mph) extend up to 60 miles from its center.

Hurricane and storm surge warnings have been in effect for most of the North Carolina coast since 5 p.m. An estimated 250,000 more people from the northern Outer Banks were due to be sent to higher ground starting Tuesday at midday.

The storm's first effects were already being seen on barrier islands as unsafe rip currents hit beaches and seawater flowed over a state highway. Mass evacuations were ordered across North and SC and Virginia, and states of emergency were issued by the federal government. This could lead to historic flooding along the coast.

"This is going to produce heavy rainfall, and it may not move very fast".

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Florence's projected path includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and numerous hog farms that store animal waste in huge lagoons.

A warm ocean gives hurricanes their fuel, and Florence is moving over an area with water temperatures nearing 85 degrees (30 Celsius), hurricane specialist Eric Blake wrote.

"Unfortunately, the models were right".

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center say Florence rapidly intensified Monday morning to a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 130 miles per hour (mph).

The southeastern Caribbean went on alert Tuesday, as the first hurricane and tropical storm watches were issued for Isaac.

Florence's center is located roughly 750 miles southeast of the North Carolina, and SC border at the coast.

With the increasing worry that Hurricane Florence will be making it's way to Canada's Maritimes, we're really hoping for some sort of miracle that allows the storm to just skip us and dissolve completely.

The U.S. military said it was sending an advance team to Raleigh, North Carolina, to coordinate with federal and state partners.

All three states ordered mass evacuations along the coast.

In the village of Buxton, Liz Browning Fox plans to ride the storm out in her house on top of a ridge.

However, Hubbard said Florence is not expected to have any impact on Canada, given its predicted track into the US mainland, where it will likely weaken considerably on the weekend.

"You never know, there could be tree missiles coming from any direction", she said.

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