As of today, Hurricane Florence is about 1,400 miles from the American Eagle Airlines Flight 77 crash site in Pennsylvania, and the National Hurricane Center has warned that the storm will bring severe winds, heavy rain, and flooding, and could affect a large swath of the Southeast.
The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm warning for parts of the Carolinas and North Carolina, as well as the Southeast, and as of Saturday evening, the storm was at maximum intensity.
“Florence is currently the strongest tropical cyclone in the Atlantic basin, with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph (272 kph),” the National Weather Services said.
“At landfall, Florence is expected to move toward the Atlantic and into the Gulf of Mexico.
In the coming days, Florence may move into the Bahamas and then move inland toward Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.”
Florentine is also predicted to move southward and bring heavy rain and flooding to areas in the Southeast from Tuesday through Thursday.
The hurricane has already made landfall in the Bahamas, bringing widespread flooding to parts of St. Thomas, St. Augustine, and St. Petersburg, Florida.
“The National Hurricane Centre is expecting the storm to move into Bermuda on Friday and Saturday,” the hurricane center said.
The storm is expected as a Category 3 storm by Sunday evening, with winds of 130 mph (200 kph), and a sustained maximum pressure of 1014 millibars (3,827.4 inches).
The storm could bring significant coastal flooding to the Carolina coast and possibly make landfall as a tropical depression in the Caribbean Sea on Sunday night.
The storm is forecast to be a Category 2 storm by Monday, with sustained winds at 115 mph (185 kph) and a maximum sustained pressure of 895 millibar (2,823.6 inches).
Florengin has already weakened to a tropical-storm, and it will remain a tropical cycloon as it moves into the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The National Weather Forecast Center has issued two additional tropical storm watches for the Carolines and North Carolinas, including a tropical warning for South Carolina from Wednesday through Saturday, and a tropical advisory for Georgia from Sunday through Tuesday.
As of Friday, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) had awarded an estimated $1.3 billion in disaster relief to storm-ravaged areas.
The federal disaster aid program, which provides federal assistance to states, was expanded during Hurricane Harvey’s devastation.
The agency has issued $872 million in disaster aid for flood-ravaled states, $1 billion for flood victims in Texas and Louisiana, and $200 million for the Louisiana National Guard.