Hurricane Florence has rapidly intensified into a Category 4 major hurricane southeast of Bermuda and is likely to lash the East Coast later this week with life-threatening storm surge, destructive winds and massive inland rainfall flooding in one of the strongest strikes on this part of the East Coast on record.
If you’re in the East Coast threat zone, the time is now to develop or firm up your hurricane preparedness plan and be ready to implement it if necessary. Residents in coastal areas should follow evacuation orders from local officials because of the potential for life-threatening storm surge flooding.
An NOAA Hurricane Hunter plane investigating Florence found that its winds had increased to 130 mph late Monday morning. This means winds jumped up from 75 mph to 130 mph in just 25 hours ending 12 p.m. EDT Monday.