As Hurricane Florence, a dangerous Category 2 storm, continues on its path toward the East Coast, surf cameras are showing the live impact the storm is having on the Carolinas, FOX News reports.
The massive storm will impact millions as it charges toward the southeastern U.S., and is expected to bring with it massive amounts of rain, dangerous flooding and powerful storm surges.
Mac Slavo at SHTFplan reports that Hurricane Florence could spark a tornado watch in the coming hours as the storm makes its way to North Carolina. Fox News forecaster Janice Dean warning warm waters off the coast could strengthen Florence before landfall. Hurricane Florence is packing maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour as a Category 2 hurricane steadily making its way towards the North Carolina coast.
“We could actually see a tornado watch in this area over the next couple of hours because of these landfalling storms we have the threat for severe weather, including tornadoes,” Dean said. “I expect it to at least maintain strength. It actually could strengthen further as it makes landfall, the water temperature is 85-86 F so that’s enough to strengthen the storm. Actually, when you have a strengthening storm that is making landfall it’s even more dangerous. Heed the warnings, it’s exactly as it was two days ago even though we are down to a [category] 2.”
A webcam on the beach of Kitty Hawk, in the Outer Banks barrier islands of North Carolina, is recording the hours before the arrival of Florence which is expected as early as Thursday night. According to the Express UK, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned that“disaster is at the doorstep” and pleaded with residents and tourists alike not to underestimate the threat to life Florence poses.
Click on the videos below for a live look at the storm’s impact in North and South Carolina.
FOX NEWS reports that Hurricane Florence was moving at a slower speed of 5 mph with “life-threatening storm surge and rainfall” forecasted, officials said.
The storm is currently situated roughly 100 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina and about 155 miles east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, according to a 5 p.m. ET update from the National Hurricane Center.
Florence is moving west-northwest at 5 mph with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph, the update said.
“On the forecast track, the center of Florence will approach the coasts of North and South Carolina later tonight, then move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina in the hurricane warning area on Friday,” the update said. “A slow motion across portions of eastern and central South Carolina is forecast Friday night through Saturday night.”
The storm, listed as a Category 2, is likely to bring significant rain to the Carolinas, where some places could see upwards of 20 inches, the update said. This is expected to cause “catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding.”