Atlantic Canadians keep wary watch on advancing tropical storms, hurricanes

\'Life-Threatening\' Hurricane Florence Now Forecast to Bring \'Catastrophic\' Flooding

Its centre will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday, the National Hurricane Centre said.

Hurricane Florence would deliver a "direct hit" to the US East Coast, emergency officials warned on Tuesday, urging residents to heed evacuation orders and seek shelter from the potentially catastrophic storm.

The region is no stranger to hurricanes and powerful ocean storms, but Florence has many concerned. However, UCF's only open weekend is October 27, and North Carolina is playing an ACC game at Virginia that day.

As of 8 a.m. today, Florence was a Category 4 hurricane packing 130 miles per hour winds and moving about 15 miles per hour west-northwest.

"The bottom line is that there is high confidence that Florence will be a large and extremely risky hurricane, regardless of its exact intensity", the hurricane center said.

The deep moisture that was in place across the region earlier this week, remnant moisture of Gordon that was carried in by the cold front and then stranded as the frontal boundary stalled, was expected to retreat westward as Florence nears the USA coast, resulting in hot, dry weather for the Cumberland Plateau for much of the week.

A new National Hurricane Center map predicting the likelihood of tropical storm-force winds stretches from northern Florida to eastern Kentucky and OH, and even up to the New York City area - although there's only a 5% to 10% chance of those conditions stretching that far north. Combined with high tides, the storm surge could swell as high as 12 feet.

Isolated tornadoes are also possible Thursday and Friday. Although North Carolina is still expected to see the worst of the storm, a more southern track would mean that states further north - like Virginia - could be spared of some nasty weather.

Florence is also expected to bring heavy flooding across the region. There's a lot of interactions going on between the storm and the environment, and I think that's what makes it a hard problem, but an important one to study.

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The storm will pick up additional strength as it passes over ocean water with sea surface temperatures of up to 85 degrees, the National Hurricane Center said.

"Cotton is probably the most vulnerable crop from this storm", McIntosh says.

Florence would be the strongest storm to make landfall anywhere on the East Coast since 1992, when Hurricane Andrew hit.

The menacing Category 4 storm packed winds of 130 miles (215 kilometers) per hour over the Atlantic.

'We have guard members preparing throughout the state, ready to meet the requests from our partnered agencies and emergency managers, ' said Army Maj. Gen. More than one million residents have been ordered to evacuate from coastal areas of the three states, closing university campuses, schools and factories. Tropical storm conditions could hit those areas by early Thursday, forecasters say.

Sailors cast off mooring lines to the Command hospital ship USNS Comfort as the ship evacuates Naval Station Norfolk in preparation for Hurricane Florence in Norfolk, Virginia, U.S., September 11, 2018. Tropical storm force winds have sustained speeds of at least 39 miles per hour.

"First and foremost, our thoughts are with everyone who may be affected by this storm", UCF Vice President and Director of Athletics Danny White said.

"With this storm, what's unique is it's forecast to stall. dropping copious amounts of rainfall across the Carolinas and into Virginia", Long said. Even normal water is warm enough for a storm to form there, but this adds to the storm's fuel and its rainfall. He said electric power could be out for weeks.

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