Hurricane Florence Projected Path: Maps to Track the Storm

Florence expected to become hurricane, heading to southeast US

Forecasters said rapid intensification is likely to begin by tonight and Florence is expected to become a major hurricane by Monday. The current forecast track suggests the hurricane will most likely approach North Carolina or SC on Thursday as it gathers speed.

The massive hurricane poses a serious threat as it barrels toward a landfall somewhere along the East Coast on Thursday.

The NHC says Florence will rapidly strengthen to become a major hurricane - meaning Category 3 or higher, with sustained winds of at least 111 miles per hour (178 km/h) - later this morning. Forecasters also cautioned that Hurricane Florence will "remain an extremely unsafe hurricane" as it tracks towards the mainland U.S.

The forecast cone has Florence making landfall late Thursday or early Friday.

The National Hurricane Centre said Florence was expected to be "extremely dangerous" and had maximum sustained wind speeds of 140mph, with further strengthening expected.

The hurricane is projected to make a direct hit on the East Coast, somewhere along the coast of North Carolina, South Carolina or Virginia.

SC emergency management officials said they were "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster".

Hurricane Florence intensified Monday, becoming a Category 4 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Florence is predicted to bring "life-threatening impacts" to North Carolina and neighboring states late this week. Still, the storm would produce flooding rains across a large part of the U.S. South, expanding the damage, according to Enki Research's Watson.

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President Donald Trump issued a strong warning to those in the path of Hurricane Florence, which is on track to hit the East Coast as a major storm later this week.

Florence is now a category 4 hurricane.

The consensus now expects a landfall somewhere in North Carolina, perhaps South if Florence shifts a little further.

Classes at N.C. State will be suspended from 5 p.m. Wednesday to 5 p.m. Sunday "due to the anticipated and potential effects of Hurricane Florence to the Raleigh area", the university announced Monday afternoon.

"We are in the bull's eye", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said at a news conference.

Hurricane Helene will likely continue to strengthen since it is in a low wind shear environment and warm waters.

The first shows the probability of tropical storm force winds and the second map shows the probability of hurricane force winds.

Over the next 36 hours, Florence's winds could reach 150 mph, the hurricane center says.

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