Florence expected to become 'major hurricane' by Monday

Florence expected to become 'major hurricane' by Monday

This NOAA/RAMMB satellite image taken at 13:30 UTC on September 9, 2018, shows (L-R) Tropical Storm Florence, Tropical Storm Isaac, and Tropical Storm Helene in the Atantic Ocean.

Filipinos in Virginia, North Carolina, and SC can be affected by Hurricane Florence.

As a rapidly strengthening Hurricane Florence aims at Southeast coast, behind it Hurricane Helene, Tropical Storm Isaac and one other potential tropical storm are all brewing.

Florence was the first Category 4 hurricane of the Atlantic season, but weakened as it passed through cooler waters. Where the storm will make landfall is still up for debate.

Tropical Storm Isaac, with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour (110 kph), was expected to grow into a Category 1 hurricane on Sunday night but weaken again as it approached the Eastern Caribbean by mid-week, on a track taking it well south of Puerto Rico, the NHC said. Our winds will begin to pick up on Thursday night.

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To have this many storms simultaneously in the Atlantic is not at all unusual for this time of year, meteorologists say.

Local impacts from Florence are not expected, according to the National Weather Service Tallahassee.

We have a major hurricane in the forecast that will hit the southeastern United States by the end of the week. He noted that past year, Irma, Jose and Katia all were active at the same time. The 2018 season has seen nine named storms so far and ends November 30.

Closer to home, in the western Caribbean Sea, a weak area of low pressure could develop later this week as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico.

In its 11 p.m. Sunday advisory, the National Hurricane Center upgraded Tropical Storm Isaac to a Category 1 hurricane, with winds of almost 75 miles per hour.

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At 5:00 p.m. today, the center of Hurricane Helene was located near latitude 13.4 North, longitude 26.0 West. Helene is moving toward the west near 13 miles per hour (20 km/h), and a turn toward the west-northwest is expected on Monday, with a continued west-northwestward motion through Tuesday.

It is forecast to approach the southeastern USA coast on Thursday. "Presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of SC".

After 2016's Hurricane Matthew devastated inland areas of the state, Cooper said people need to be prepared for inland flooding from heavy rain.

Thursday into Friday our wave heights will be 5-10 feet off shore as the waves from Florence reach southern New England. This will keep scattered showers and thunderstorms in the forecast.

Chances of formation over the next five days are low at 20 percent.

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