McMaster declared a state of emergency on Saturday, a day after North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) made a similar declaration for his state. The National Hurricane Center announced noon Monday, September 10, that Florence is now a category 4 hurricane.
Late Friday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency . Hurricane Florence has rapidly strengthened to become a major storm, and the hurricane center says more intensification is anticipated. The hurricane will pass through Bermuda before hitting the East Coast. Tropical Storm Helene is in the Far Eastern Atlantic, just off the African Coast.
Hurricane Florence , a Category 4 storm with 140 miles per hour winds, is expected to make landfall somewhere between North Carolina, South Carolina, and the Mid-Atlantic states on Thursday evening or Friday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center ( NHC ).
Hurricane Florence is blowing sustained winds of up to 130 miles per hour as it barrels toward the US East Coast as a Category 4 storm . "Damaging hurricane-force winds are likely along portions of the coasts of SC and North Carolina, and a Hurricane Watch will likely be issued by Tuesday morning".
A Flood Watch continues for McKean and Potter counties in northern PA from 8pm Saturday evening through Monday evening. Flooding along rivers, creeks and streams will be a certainty as early as Saturday but even more risky is the rapid rise in water where heavy rainfall occurs, the could lead to a more life threatening FLASH FLOOD situation.
The Miami-based center defines a major hurricane as one with wind speed greater than 110 miles per hour. The hurricane center said it was still too early to predict its exact path. A tropical storm warning and hurricane watch are in effect for the Cabo Verde islands of Santiago, Fogo, and Brava. The storm's maximum sustained winds are 75km/h and it is moving west at 20km/h, according to The National Hurricane Center in Miami.