Hurricane Florence's path: Track the storm here

Posted September 11, 2018

Hurricane Florence is on the brink of becoming a major storm, strengthening rapidly as it rolls across the Atlantic Ocean toward the U.S. East Coast.

The storm has rapidly intensified and reached "major hurricane" classification on Monday morning (with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour, making it a Category 4), although eyes are also on Isaac and Helene for the future.

The storm was upgraded Monday morning to a Category 3 hurricane, but grew to Category 4 a short time later, the National Hurricane Center said in its latest update Monday.

Forecasters say that storm was about 1230 miles (1985 kilometers) east of the Windward Islands with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kmh).

The New Jersey and DE coastlines will feel the effects from Florence by Tuesday afternoon regardless as swells increase and unsafe rip currents begin.

As the danger became clear over the weekend, the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia all declared states of emergency.

"Pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of SC and is going to go way inshore", he said.

On the latest track, it is projected to make landfall somewhere along the Carolina coastline late Thursday night into early Friday.

Forecasters have warned of a life-threatening storm surge, along with the damage of a hurricane's high winds.

The storm has 115 mph winds and is located 580 miles south-southeast of Bermuda and is moving west at 13 mph.

At this height of the Atlantic hurricane season, Florence was being trailed on east-to-west paths by two other hurricanes, Helene and Isaac.

SC coastal areas can expect tropical storm force winds by Thursday morning on the storm's latest track, according to John Quagliariello from the National Weather Service in Columbia.

There are no reported coastal watches or warnings in effect.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of National Security said: “The ministry is reminding that all public services, including government offices, public transport and public schools will be open and operational.

In Holden Beach, North Carolina, in the storm's path, longtime residents could be seen boarding up homes and securing possessions. "These tropical storms and hurricanes are very unsafe".

Over the weekend, the governors of Virginia, North Carolina and SC declared states of emergency, according to CNN.

Florence was producing large swells expected to reach from the northern Caribbean to the southern coasts of Canada's Maritime provinces.