Hurricane Florence strengthens, churns toward US Southeast coast

Florence expected to regain strength

The storm's sustained winds reached 75 mph, just over the threshold for a hurricane, as it made its way across the Atlantic, about 750 miles southeast of Bermuda, the National Hurricane Center said. Forecasters also warned of a rising threat of life-threatening storm surge, along with the damage of a hurricane's high winds.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Florence is expected to become a major hurricane Monday and remain extremely unsafe and powerful as it nears the U.S. Atlantic coast on Thursday.

Florence was expected to approach the southeastern coast of the United States on Thursday, possibly near the North Carolina-South Carolina border, according to maps of the storm's trajectory predicted by the NHC. It says the hurricane should approach the US coast on Thursday.

Landfall is expected in the Carolinas later this week, said the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC).

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect at this time, but Met Service said strengthening is forecast during the next few days and Isaac is expected to become a hurricane by Monday. It posted photos showing heavy flooding from previous storms.

As the situation with Hurricane Florence unfolds and confidence increases with the forecast, UNCW officials could take further action - including a mandatory campus evacuation and / or campus closure. The National Hurricane Center says it's still too early to predict the storm's exact path.

The governors of North and SC and Virginia declared states of emergency to give them time to prepare, and the Navy said ships in Virginia's Hampton Roads area would leave port for their own safety.

South Carolina's governor says residents should count on "a lot of wind and a lot of rain" from Hurricane Florence this week. "Presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of SC".

The third hurricane in the Atlantic, Hurricane Florence, could pose a danger to parts of the U.S.

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said: " Botham Jean was exactly the sort of citizen we want to have in the city of Dallas ". Hall said police aren't handling the case under the department's usual officer-involved shooting protocol.

In South Carolina, Charleston city officials were offering sandbags for residents to fill. Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune urged people to secure their homes but said it was too early to know if evacuations will be ordered.

Met Service said neither of the storms are a threat to Jamaica.

Carnival Cruise Line has chose to cancel the secluded port of call in San Juan Puerto Rico for the Carnival Horizon. All university-sponsored events and athletics, including Fall Family and Alumni Weekend (Sept. 14-15), the women's soccer match vs. ECU on Thursday (Sept. 13) and the Hampton Inn Seahawk Invitational women's volleyball tournament (Sept. 14-15) are canceled.

In addition, in order to avoid Tropical Storm Isaac, the cruise line reversed the schedule for Carnival Vista.

This means the scheduled call in Amber Cove for Carnival Horizon on September 10 is happening on September 9 instead and replacing San Juan.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper also urged his state's residents to get ready, noting the storm already was generating swelling waves and unsafe currents along the coast.

"Make your plans now", South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster urged residents during a news conference on Sunday. The state's emergency management agency said it is "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster".

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 southeastern U.S. coast on Thursday. Forecasters predicted it would become a risky Category 4 storm before a possible landfall Friday.

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