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.
Since the hurricane has already amassed wind speeds of 130 miles per hour, the coast could see life-threatening wind, rain, and storm surges. No. 14 West Virginia's game at North Carolina State and No. 18 UCF's game at North Carolina are the others. That Category 4 storm destroyed 15,000 buildings and killed 19 people in North Carolina.
- The life-threatening rain may last for days, flooding tens of thousands of structures, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Wednesday. Even normal water is warm enough for a storm to form there, but this adds to the storm's fuel and its rainfall. "Don't bet your life on riding out a monster".
Meteorologist Jon Cash tells CBN News that wherever Florence comes ashore, that area will likely be devastated, facing destructive winds and days of torrential rain.
At 11 p.m. EDT, the storm's center was located about 465 miles (750 kilometers) south-southeast of Bermuda and about 1,085 miles (1745 kilometers) east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina.
"The biggest hazard that we are anxious about is storm surge", he said.
The vessels would get underway from Naval Station Norfolk and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek to avoid potential damage from winds and tidal surges, said Colonel Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman.
With so much focus on Florence, Porter is urging people to be wary of another storm developing in the Gulf of Mexico that could bring heavy rain and flooding to east Texas.More news: Casey withdraws after 3rd round of BMW Championship
"Florence is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 15 to 20 inches with isolated maximum to 30 inches near Florence's track over portions of North Carolina, Virginia, and northern SC through Saturday", says the National Hurricane Center.
The hurricane watch notice is significant because it signals the opening of a 48-hour window for the expected first arrival of tropical storm-force winds. Late Monday afternoon, Maryland's governor declared a state of emergency, joining the governors in both North and SC and Virginia in similar declarations.
Hurricane Florence churned Tuesday toward an Eastern Seaboard landfall as a million people were ordered to leave the coast and millions more prepared for what could be one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the region in decades.
He has also cancelled campaign events Thursday and Friday in anticipation of the storm. Other counties are evacuating low lying and flood prone areas. "It also has the highest potential to cause the most destruction". Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall in the Tar Heel State on Friday.
President Trump said the safety of the American people is his "absolute highest priority" as Hurricane Florence takes aim at portions of the East Coast.
"All indications are that the storm will slow down and just crawl or meander over the inland sections and the coastal Piedmont", Weather Channel hurricane expert Bryan Norcross said.
Trump faced severe criticism for his administration's response to Hurricane Maria previous year in Puerto Rico. Highways will be converted to one-way evacuation routes away from the evacuation zones. So does the prospect of replacing North Carolina with another team on the schedule.