The storm is expected to pass around 200 miles to the south of the territory on Thursday morning. Hugo killed 49 people in the USA and across the Caribbean.
In North Carolina, evacuations were already underway: Dare County officials issued a mandatory evacuation on Monday for Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks, and ordered more evacuations for other areas of the county beginning Tuesday morning. "And that's what folks along the southeast US coast are facing right now". The National Hurricane Centre said the storm would be close to Category 5 strength by Tuesday. The storm is targeting the southern Caribbean region and may bring a storm surge of up to 5 feet.
Below are some of the photos that Arnold (who recently helped track down a hole in the ISS) took of hurricanes Florence and Isaac from his lofty perch. Among the airports commonly mentioned are those in North and SC, as well as Norfolk and Richmond, VA and Savannah, GA.
"Florence has continued to rapidly strengthen", the NHC said.
Even then, the storm's impacts will go well beyond the center of the storm.
Hurricane Florence moved closer to the U.S. East Coast on September 10, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) in its 11 p.m. update.
The advisory said: "These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions". Locations that have been directly hit by a category 4 hurricane in the past have been uninhabitable for weeks.
A Category 4 hurricane has winds of 130 to 156 miles per hour on the Saffir-Simpson Scale of Hurricane Intensity. It is moving west at 14 miles per hour.
"This is a serious storm, and it's going to affect the entire state of Virginia", he said.
The center of the strong storm is about 1,240 miles east-southeast of Bald Head Island, with the hurricane moving westward at roughly 13 mph.
Southeastern North Carolina remains in the middle of the storm's "cone of uncertainty", with the cone extending from roughly Hilton Head, S.C., in the south to the Chesapeake Bay in the north.
In the Pacific, Hurricane Olivia triggered warnings for multiple Hawaiian islands as it blew west toward an arrival over the state as soon as late Tuesday or early Wednesday. "Everyone should start preparing now". "Everyone in Virginia needs to prepare". Hugo was among the most intense, which made landfall in SC as a Category 4 with 140-mph winds.
"The bottom line is that there is high confidence that Florence will be a..."
Hurricane Florence may become a category 4 storm.
But the season is just now peaking, and Hurricanes Florence, Isaac, and Helene are a stark reminder that we are not out of the woods yet.
For our region, an area of high pressure is expected to suppress Florence, keeping it from heading our way.
"This is going to be big", said Victoria Oliva, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
Inland residents should be prepared with enough supplies such as water, batteries, flashlights, and non-perishable food in the event power outages last for up to a week.
As Hurricane Florence heads toward the East Coast, two other storms are bringing up the rear - Helene and Isaac. "We live paycheck to paycheck, being a military family, and it's four days until payday".