CATEGORY 4: Hurricane Florence Rapidly Intensifies Into Major Hurricane
By Space Coast Daily // September 10, 2018
winds recorded at 130 mph
ABOVE VIDEO: National Hurricane Center’s latest report shows Hurricane Florence has intensified into category 4 hurricane on Monday.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – National Hurricane Center’s latest report shows Hurricane Florence has intensified into category 4 hurricane on Monday.
Florence’s max sustained winds have been clocked at 130 mph with an further increase expected on Monday.
The category 4 hurricane is currently moving to the west at 13 mph and is expected to begin a turn to the northwest by late Wednesday.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles.
“NOAA Hurricane Hunter plane investigating Florence found that its winds had increased to 130 mph late Monday morning,” said The Weather Channel.
“This means winds jumped up from 75 mph to 130 mph in just 25 hours ending 12 p.m. EDT Monday.”
National Hurricane Center says swells generated by Florence are affecting Bermuda and portions of the U.S. East Coast. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
State of Emergency has been declared by North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
Gov. Rick Scott released a statement on Monday urging Floridians to be prepared for the unexpected and remain on alert about Hurricane Florence.
“This morning, I received a full briefing from the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Hurricane Florence. With Florence strengthening into a hurricane this morning and continuing to move west, Florida families need to remain alert and remember that storms like this can change course and strengthen at any moment,” said Gov. Rick Scott.
“While our state is not under any current weather advisories, in Florida, we know how quickly a major storm can shift its path and we cannot leave preparedness up to chance. Now is the time to get prepared to make sure your family is safe. FDEM continues to be in contact with local emergency management officials in preparation for any impact Hurricane Florence may have on Florida”
“I urge every family to visit www.FloridaDisaster.org today to make an emergency preparedness plan and sign-up to receive emergency alerts and public safety notifications for your community,” Scott added.
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