The federal government is warning Canadians to avoid all travel to a stretch of the U.S. East Coast that is expected to be hammered by hurricane Florence. Global Affairs Canada issued a statement today saying the areas to be avoided extend from Edisto Beach in South Carolina to the North Carolina-Virginia border, including Pamlico Sound and Albemarle Sound. The governors of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia have already issued mandatory evacuation orders for many coastal counties.
Even though Florence dipped to Category 3 hurricane strength with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph Wednesday afternoon, forecasters warn that a jump in strength to a Category 5 is possible Wednesday night to Thursday, before some weakening may take place prior to landfall to end the week. AccuWeather meteorologists also believe that the hurricane will stall and meander near the Carolina coast from Thursday night to Saturday.
Global Affairs Canada says Canadians should avoid travelling to parts of the Caribbean, including Dominica, Guadeloupe and Martinique, because tropical storm Isaac is headed in that direction.