Experts are warning against the possible effects of a major hurricane and other natural disasters on Americans in the coming months.
They point to studies that suggest the risk of severe damage to public buildings, roads and bridges is extremely high and the impact on public health is high.
The American Society of Civil Engineers says that without strong protective measures in place, the storm could destroy homes, businesses and critical infrastructure.
“There are a lot of questions that we need to answer about what is the probability of severe and permanent damage, the number of deaths, and how that will impact our ability to function,” said John Davenport, chief engineer at the National Hurricane Center.
The NHC said Monday that it had been tracking Hurricane Florence’s path since it formed more than 30 miles (48 kilometers) west of the Bahamas on Tuesday.
“The path of this storm is extremely similar to Hurricane Wilma,” the NHC’s chief forecaster, Michael Sullivan, said Monday.
“It is not likely to become a Category 1 or 2 hurricane in the United States.”
Sullivan said the forecasted track was consistent with the path of Wilma, which was the strongest hurricane to hit the Bahamas since records began in 1869.
A few days ago, the NHTSA said that a second Category 1 hurricane was possible.
It was also possible to track a second major hurricane moving north from the Bahamas, the National Weather Service said.
Weather patterns have moved east in the past two days.
The storm was moving toward the Gulf of Mexico, which is expected to bring hurricane force winds.
In the Atlantic Ocean, the latest model showed that the storm was headed for the Bahamas at 10 mph (16 kph) with maximum sustained winds of about 140 mph (250 kph).
By the time the storm hit the United Kingdom, it was moving in the opposite direction, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The forecasted path of the storm is similar to Wilma and is a strong Category 1 storm, the agency said.
The National Hurricane Centers warned that the danger from severe storms was still high, especially if they hit the Atlantic coast, southern Texas and the Florida Keys.
Weather systems that are stronger than Hurricane Florence could also cause significant damage to infrastructure, including power lines, water systems and communications, according the NCEA.
Experts say people should avoid the region and take precautions for water damage, flooding and other problems.
A person who lost power after Hurricane Florence hit their home in the Gulf Coast town of Palm Beach County, Florida, on Aug. 26, 2018.
Officials said the power was restored in the afternoon.
In addition to Irma, other hurricanes could be headed toward the United State, including Hurricane Jose in the Atlantic and Hurricane Wilm in the Pacific.
The Atlantic hurricane season typically lasts from August to December.
The strongest hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane seasons has been Hurricane Andrew in 1989, which struck the Bahamas and Puerto Rico and left an estimated $1 trillion in damage.