Hurricane Florence has strengthened from a Tropical Storm last night, to a CATEGORY 4 Hurricane as of 12:00 Noon eastern US time Monday.
ABOUT 575 MI...925 KM SSE OF BERMUDA
ABOUT 1230 MI...1985 KM ESE OF CAPE FEAR NORTH CAROLINA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...130 MPH...195 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...W OR 280 DEGREES AT 13 MPH...20 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...946 MB...27.93 INCHES
CONFIRMED CAT 4
This storm now has Sustained winds of 130 miles per hour with gusts to 148 MPH and it continues to strengthen.
Here is the Hurricane Scale used by the National Hurricane Center:
A MANDATORY EVACUATION has been ordered for the Outer Banks of North Carolina. All residents and visitors MUST LEAVE beginning at 7:00 AM Tuesday. Anyone choosing to remain is asked to write their Social Security Number on their forearm with permanent black marker so their bodies can be identified after the storm kills them.
Its quite possible this will be the strongest storm to make landfall in NC in 150 years of recorded weather history.
131kt FL winds, 117kt #SFMR, 945.0 extrapolated pressure. #Hurricane #Florence is likely a Cat 4 per the first pass of @NOAA_HurrHunter P-3 aircraft. Rapid intensification is in full swing! pic.twitter.com/j7S6Vli5b3— Philippe Papin (@pppapin) September 10, 2018
Stores all along the coast of North Carolina are ALREADY SOLD OUT of water and batteries. Some stores (Walmart, LOWES, Home Depot) expect deliveries tomorrow.) Panic Buying of food and water is already taking place so if you do not yet have a supply of Emergency food and water, or gasoline in your vehicles, you do not have much time to TRY getting prepared. DO IT NOW.
Hurricane hunters found even lower pressure (943mb) and even stronger wind (143mph) on their second pass. Hurricane Florence continues to intensify. pic.twitter.com/Rq0qkJRsgA— Brandon Orr (@BrandonOrrWx) September 10, 2018