National Hurricane Center announced in an update that Hurricane Florence has upgraded to a Category 4 Hurricane on Monday. Now, the hurricane is 2 times bigger than before with the wind traveling at a speed between 130-156 mph.
Category 4 Hurricane is measured as the second most powerful hurricane on the Saffir Simpson Hurricane Scale. It can bring extreme storm surge that reaches inland and flood areas near the coast as well as low places further inland. The powerful storm wind can uproot trees, snap branches or cause the tree to fell.
Hurricane Harvey is the most recent Category 4 hurricane that hit Texas last year. Lots of damages from the hurricane are due to the heavy rain and flood. Hurricane Hugo is another powerful hurricane that made landfall in South Carolina in 1989. It is the most expensive hurricane causing a total damage of $9 billion.
Hurricane Maria is another recent Category 4 hurricane that hit Puerto Rico last year. Hurricane Maria took away the lives of about 3,000 people and cause power outage in the entire island. Hurricane Hugo caused 27 deaths in South Carolina. US has also been hit by several Category 5 hurricanes including Hurricane Andrew, Hurricane Camille, and an unnamed Hurricane that hit Labor Day in 1935.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Florence will change into a storm by the time it reach Carolina coast on Thursday. The intensifying of the hurricane took place over a period of 12 hours. Forcasters said that the storm could intensify further and turn into a Cat 5 prior to reaching the coast.
A state of emergency has been declared for North Carolina and Marine Lab on Friday. The residents in the two areas are expected to evacuate on Thursday. The forecasters will be clearer on the development of the hurricane over the next few days.
At the moment, the hurricane is located at Florence and it is causing flood over the area. They are likely to issue storm surge watches for North/South Carolina and Virginia on Tuesday. It is expected to cause huge waves with height that reach up to 35 feet as it travel across the Atlantic ocean. Waves as high as 8 feet may hit the coasts on Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Turks and Caicos.
In the meantime, you should keep tune in to the weather forecast channel to continue to be updated with the hurricane condition. To be prepared, make sure you backup on items like water, flashlight, battery and emergency food supplies.
You can visit the Lobby Shop and the East Campus Store to obtain the emergency supplies. The emergency supplies will sells out fast so you should make it a priority to buy these items now at the store. Most of the local stores already sold out the water.