Hurricane Florence Weakened to Category 2 Moves Closer to Shore

Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to be at hurricane strength when it reaches the Lesser Antilles on Thursday

Maximum sustained winds remain near 68 miles per hour with higher gusts.

The mayor of a SC city in the path of powerful Hurricane Florence is warning citizens to get out or stay "at your own peril".

Also spinning in the Atlantic are Tropical Storms Helene and Isaac and Subtropical Storm Joyce, while Tropical Depression Olivia and Super Typhoon Mangkhut are making waves in the Pacific.

"As we enter the more active phase of the hurricane season residents should have their hurricane preparedness plans well established and in place, and be ready to complete final arrangements such as shuttering and moving to safe shelter if necessary".

Hurricane and tropical storm watches have been posted for several Caribbean islands as a weakening Tropical Storm Isaac continues its trek toward the Leeward and Windward Islands.

The National Hurricane Center still expects the hurricane to cause "life threatening, catastrophic flash flooding" whenever it makes landfall. Some forecasting models say that the storm could dump as many as 35 inches of rain in some areas. The storm is packing top winds of 70 miles per hour while tracking to the west at 17 miles per hour.

The storm is projected to shift northeast with an increase in forward speed in the coming days, forecasters said. "Heavy and long-lasting rainfall could lead to catastrophic flooding in inland parts of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia".

Current estimates have Isaac passing nearly 150 miles south of St. Croix early Friday morning. Locally higher amounts for storm surge are possible along the rivers and sounds near New Bern, NC.

It is presently located about 965 km east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica.

Another joker said: 'Looks like tropical storm Floyd has penetrated Florence, we will be having a baby shower for the little sprinkle that's due in 9 months'.

Right now, it is looking more likely that Florence will stall VERY close to shore Thursday evening, delaying a technical landfall of the eye/center to sometime Friday or even early Saturday.

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