Here's what the DC region can expect from Hurricane Florence

Here's what the DC region can expect from Hurricane Florence

Dozens of residents have vowed to ride out Hurricane Florence when it smashes into the Carolinas on Friday despite authorities warning that people will die.

"This has an opportunity of being a very devastating storm". Florence is now heading for ocean water with surface temperatures of around 85 degrees, meaning it will likely strengthen on its way to the East Coast. It had been projected to shift north after making landfall. Hurricane force winds start at 74 miles per hour. While it may or may not officially become a Category 5 storm, it will still be a major Hurricane at landfall.

Astonishing winds aren't the biggest danger. The members are mainly from the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service and will operate under directions from Federal Emergency Management Agency. Potential widespread power outages are also expected.

"Our ships can better weather storms of this magnitude when they are underway", Adm. Christopher Grady said in a statement. "Theses swells will result in life-threatening surf and rip currents".

Aside from that mammoth coastal flooding, Florence will likely inundate cities far inland as well.

While there are still some questions to be answered regarding the track of Florence, intensity guidance has been fairly consistent. Hurricane damage can go beyond the coast as heavy rain and strong winds are expected inland. This system, when it gets to the coast, is only going to be moving about three miles per hour. "It's a statewide threat for the states involved".

The problem is, much of the Carolinas are already saturated from rainfall.

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He warned people in surrounding areas to "remain vigilant" and expect flash floods at the start of next week.

As of the National Hurricane Centre's 8am update (1pm BST), Florence was placed about 530 miles southeast of Cape Fear, Northern Carolina. But that part of the East Coast rarely sees any major hurricanes. A lot of people hearing this are remembering Hurricane Hugo in 1989.

Florence is forecast to rapidly strengthen to a major hurricane by Monday, and is expected to remain an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday.

Holden Beach, North Carolina, was in the storm's path, according to forecasts on Monday.

"We're a resilient bunch down here". "But this is pretty serious".

The storm's surge, the rise in sea water above normally dry land at the coast, could reach up to 13 feet at peak.