As of this morning, Hurricane Florence is a Category 4 hurricane with the potential to strengthen to a Category 5 storm. The most recent air reconnaissance data indicates Florence has the potential to further strengthen.
So what does this mean? The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale rates hurricanes on a scale of 1-5 based on sustained wind speed. From the National Hurricane Center’s website, here is a breakdown of the scale and potential destruction:
Cat 1 74-95 mph winds “Very dangerous winds will produce some damage”
Cat 2 96-110 mph winds “Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage”
Cat 3 111-129 mph winds “Devastating damage will occur”
Cat 4 130-156 mph winds “Catastrophic damage will occur”
Cat 5 157 mph or more “Catastrophic damage will occur”
Hurricane Florence is still too far away to determine exactly where the eye will make landfall. However, anyone in the storm’s path will experience hurricane winds and extremely heavy rainfall.
From a meteorologist’s point of view, this is a gorgeous storm and the satellite imagery is breathtaking. Also, the advisories and warnings should be followed. Please do not put yourself or your family in danger. This is a powerful storm and nature’s force should be respected. This is short and I will post later when more information is available.