Carolinas Anticipate Hit By Major Hurricane Florence Next Week

Update Storm watch -Three storms churn in the Atlantic Article by Barbados Today Published on September 8, 2018

Isaac, previously a tropical storm, strengthened into the fifth hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season on Sunday, the NHC said.

Florence is still sitting more than 1000 miles off the east coast of the United States, but it's still our main focus in the tropics.

Tropical Depression Nine this afternoon churned into Tropical Storm Isaac about 1,640 miles or 2,640 kilometres east of the Windward Islands.

Computer models agree Florence is on track to hit the Carolinas. Landfall along the east coast is possible late Thursday or early Friday.

Hurricane Helene, was spinning in the Atlantic off West Africa's Cape Verde islands with 85-mph (140-kph) winds on Monday, but did not appear to pose an immediate threat to land.

The National Hurricane Center says Florence could make landfall by Friday in the Southeast U.S. and that residents from SC to the mid-Atlantic need to get ready.

"Now is the time for your family also to prepare and stay tuned for more updates", South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said.

Hurricane Florence is strengthening and now has sustained winds of 90 miles per hour.

Three hurricanes are now churning in the Atlantic - Florence, Isaac and Helene. Florence will likely become a major hurricane Monday night, and will remain a strong, unsafe hurricane through next week as it approaches the east coast. It was expected to strengthen into a hurricane then weaken by the middle of the week.

The storm could cause unsafe surf and rip currents along parts of the U.S. east coast across the weekend as it swirls across the Atlantic, followed by tropical depression Nine.

The hurricane centre said it was still too early to predict its exact path.

“As a public safety note, the south shore will experience unsettled surf conditions associated with Hurricane Florence, and the public is encouraged to use caution on those beaches.”.

Governors in North and SC have already declared states of emergency in advance of the storm, which is already creating risky conditions in waters off the coast. The advice has been that anyone living along the coast of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia should be monitoring the forecast.

The storm's sustained winds reached 121 km/h, just over the threshold for a hurricane, on Sunday morning as it was moving across the Atlantic, about 1,210 km/h southeast of Bermuda.

And a third tropical storm has formed in the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

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