Warm weather returns to Montreal - hurricane Florence expected to strengthen

Warm weather returns to Montreal - hurricane Florence expected to strengthen

More than 1 million people were ordered to evacuate their homes along the USA southeast coast as Hurricane Florence, the most powerful storm to threaten the Carolinas in almost three decades, barreled closer on Tuesday. "There is no question this is the right thing to do and the decision was supported by president [Harris] Pastides, coach [Will] Muschamp, our board members and myself", SC athletics director Ray Tanner said.

"Please be prepared, be careful and be SAFE!"

Bloomberg reported September 11 that due to Hurricane Florence's threat to the hog-heavy Carolina region October hog futures jumped as much as 2.9 percent on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Monday.

South Carolina's governor ordered the state's entire coastline evacuated starting at noon Tuesday and predicted that 1 million people would flee as highways reverse directions. Seven-day rainfall totals are forecast to reach 500 millimetres over much of North Carolina and Virginia, and even 760 mm in some places.

The storm's first effects were already apparent on barrier islands as risky rip currents hit beaches and seawater flowed over a state highway - the harbinger of a storm surge that could wipe out dunes and submerge entire communities.

If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could bring torrential rains to the Appalachian mountains and as far away as West Virginia, causing flash floods, mudslides and other risky conditions. "It's still a very powerful, major storm that we have to take seriously".

More than 5.4 million people live in areas now under hurricane warnings or watches on the U.S. East Coast, according to the National Weather Service.

People living well inland should prepare to lose power and endure flooding and other hazards, he warned.

"I'm confident our student-athletes will adjust to this change", UCF head coach Josh Heupel said.

To whip up a monstrous storm like the one chugging for the Carolinas you need a handful of ingredients - and Florence has them all.

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On Tuesday afternoon, data from an Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter aircraft showed that Florence's sustained winds had picked up in speed again, hovering close to 140 miles per hour.

NHC forecasts showed the effects of Florence would be widely felt, with tropical storm-force winds extending almost 300 miles across three states. Its center will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday.

In addition to Florence, the Atlantic Ocean now has two other strong storms.

Further east, forecasters are watching Hurricane Helene and Tropical Storm Isaac in the Atlantic, and a patch of showers in the western Caribbean, which has a 30 percent chance of becoming a cyclone in the next 2 days.

In the Pacific, Olivia became a tropical storm again on a path to hit Hawaiian islands early on Wednesday.

Florence may grow to a Category 5 hurricane by the time it hits the North Carolina coast early Friday morning.

Still, the hog industry disputes the idea that there's much environmental risk from the waste lagoons, said Andy Curliss, Chief Executive Officer of the North Carolina Pork Council.

On North Carolina's Outer Banks, Dawn Farrow Taylor (50) was gathering photos and important documents and filling prescriptions Monday before heading inland. "If we try to leave, we'll just get stuck in the rain", she said.

Announcing his evacuation order, SC governor Henry McMaster said an estimated one million people would be fleeing the coast. "I found that people struggle with the part 2".

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