Hurricane Willa, a storm described by forecasters as “life-threatening” and “potentially catastrophic”, has made landfall in western Mexico.
Currently a category three storm, it has maximum winds of 195km/h (120mph) and is causing “an extremely dangerous storm surge”.
The National Hurricane Center has warned residents to stay indoors.
Earlier this month areas of the US were devastated by Hurricane Michael, which left at least 27 people dead.
A hurricane warning is in effect in coastal areas from San Blas to the tourist city Mazatlan, as well as Las Islas Marias.
At a Glance
- Hurricane Michael has intensified to a Category 4 major hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico.
- Michael is expected to make landfall along Florida’s northeastern Gulf Coast Wednesday.
- A Category 4 or stronger hurricane has never made landfall in the Florida Panhandle.
- Michael has maximum sustained winds of 130 mph.
- Dangerous storm surge, damaging winds and flooding rain are likely impacts from the storm.
- Hurricane warnings and storm surge warnings have been issued along the Gulf Coast of Florida.
- Tropical storm warnings and watches are posted along the Southeast coast as far north as the Outer Banks.
- Heavy rain and strong winds will spread inland across parts of the Southeast after landfall.
Hurricane Michael has intensified to what the National Hurricane Center calls an “extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane.” The NHC said Michael could strengthen further before making landfall in the Florida Panhandle or Big Bend region on Wednesday. The storm will cause life-threatening storm surge, drop heavy rain and is packing destructive 130 mph winds.
Michael will approach the Florida Panhandle as a dangerous hurricane.- Landfall is most likely to occur somewhere between the Florida Panhandle and the Big Bend of Florida Wednesday into Wednesday night. Depending on how quickly or slowly Michael begins to turn northeastward, landfall could be as early as late Tuesday night or delayed until early Thursday morning.
– Conditions may begin to deteriorate as early as Tuesday evening on the northeastern Gulf Coast.
– After landfall, Michael will then move farther inland across the southeastern U.S. into late-week with gusty winds and heavy rain.
– Michael could enhance rainfall in the mid-Atlantic and southeastern New England later this week.
At a Glance
- Tropical Storm Michael is strengthening in the northwestern Caribbean Sea.
- Michael could threaten the northeastern Gulf Coast as a hurricane in the week ahead.
- Storm surge, damaging winds and heavy rain are likely impacts along the northeastern Gulf Coast by midweek.
- Tropical storm warnings have been issued for parts of western Cuba and the northeastern Yucatan Peninsula.
- Hurricane watches will likely be posted along the northeastern Gulf Coast of the U.S. on Monday.
- Tropical-storm-force winds could arrive on the northeastern Gulf Coast by late Tuesday or early Wednesday.
- Florence made landfall as a hurricane near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, Friday morning. The tropical storm was located about 15 miles west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
- A mother and an infant were killed when a tree fell onto their home in Wilmington. Police said the father was taken to a nearby hospital.
- More than 16 inches of rain have fallen in southeast North Carolina and another 20 to 25 inches is on the way, the hurricane center said.
- Over 700,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina on Friday night, according to North Carolina Emergency Management.
- Nearly 2,100 flights have been canceled through Saturday.
- 11 million Americans live in areas under storm watches and warnings.
Source: Tropical Storm Florence: 5 killed as storm hits North Carolina, South Carolina, as a hurricane today – latest weather forecast, path, power outages, flooding zone impact – live updates – CBS News
NEW: #Hurricane #Florence has made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina at 7:15 AM EDT (1115 UTC) with estimated maximum winds of 90 mph (150 km/h), and a minimum central pressure estimate of 958 mb (28.29″). https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/vzpe6MjTf9
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 14, 2018
About 1,100 flights scheduled for Friday and Saturday have been canceled as a result of Hurricane Florence, according to the flight tracking site FlightAware.com. That’s in addition to more than 600 cancellations Thursday.
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Communities along the Carolina coast buttoned up against the onslaught of Hurricane Florence as forecasters Wednesday warned that the monstrous storm could hesitate just offshore for days — punishing a longer stretch of coastline than previously feared — before pushing its way inland.
Georgia’s governor has declared a state of emergency for all 159 counties as forecasters now say Hurricane Florence could take a southwest turn.
In a news release Wednesday, Gov. Nathan Deal says the state “is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety ahead of Hurricane Florence.”
Deal’s declaration Wednesday covers comes as the National Weather Service’s storm forecast shows a chance that Florence’s track might turn toward the southwest as it approaches the Carolinas later this week.
Incredible images captured from the International Space Station show Hurricane Florence barreling toward the U.S. East Coast.
European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted pictures taken 249 miles above the eye of the storm. “Watch out, America! #HurricaneFlorence is so enormous, we could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens from the @Space_Station, 400 km directly above the eye,” he wrote. “Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you. #Horizons
Florence is approximately 485 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina and roughly 520 miles east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, as of 11 a.m. ET, according to the NHC.Hurricane Florence, a powerful Category 4 storm, is expected to impact millions along the East Coast, particularly in the Carolinas.
Hurricane Florence is hurtling toward the US East Coast. It strengthened to a Category-3 storm on Monday morning. It’s expected to hit the Carolinas on Thursday morning then moving further inland, bringing the risk of devastating storms, rain, and floods. Residents have started stockpiling supplies.
Tropical Storm Gordon spun up early Labor Day just south of Florida, the National Hurricane Center said, and is forecast to move toward the Louisiana Gulf Coast over the next two days.
Tropical storm warnings have been posted for portions of South Florida and the Florida Keys, as well as portions of the northern Gulf Coast.
A hurricane watch has also been posted for coastal areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, meaning that hurricane conditions are possible there within the next 48 hours.
Strong wind gusts, battering waves, above-normal tides, minor coastal flooding, flash flooding and a couple of isolated tornadoes and waterspouts will be the main threats from the storm, AccuWeather said.
After a devastating 2017 hurricane season, the Atlantic isn’t likely to get a break this year, NOAA says. The agency predicts 10 to 16 named storms this season, including up to four major hurricanes.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. Overall, the season will likely be normal or somewhat more intense than normal, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says, with a 25 percent chance that hurricane activity will be below normal.
Last year’s hurricane season was one of the most active on record.