Tracking Florence, Isaac, Helene and Invest 95

Tracking Florence, Isaac, Helene and Invest 95

The storm is expected to become a Category 4 hurricane very soon, with the National Hurricane Center forecasting maximum sustained winds of 150 miles per hour. There is increasing concern Florence could slow or even stall as it moves near and then over land.

Mandatory evacuation orders also were issued for more than 300,000 people in North Carolina and Virginia.

Immediately to the north of Virginia, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said his state was also was "preparing for the potential of historic, catastrophic and life-threatening flooding".

By Sunday, Isaac was still expected to be a tropical storm as it continues straight west across the Caribbean south of Jamaica.

The tropics remain very active, with the primary focus being major Hurricane Florence, located 360 miles south-southwest of Bermuda and 785 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina. Sustained winds at 130 miles per hour, moving west at 13 miles per hour.

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Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Isaac, Hurricane Helene track in Atlantic Ocean.

Though Isaac is expected to weaken before making landfall and return to a Tropical Storm by late Thursday, numerous islands are still rebuilding following Hurricane Maria and are expected to experience heavy rain, winds, rough surf and increased rip currents in the oncoming days.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit Tuesday urged citizens to be "fully prepared'" as Dominica was placed on a hurricane watch despite Hurricane Isaac being downgraded to a strong tropical storm.

NHC forecast the possibility that early on Thursday tropical storm conditions are likely in St. Kitts and Nevis. That Category 4 storm destroyed 15,000 buildings and killed 19 people in North Carolina. A turn toward the northwest is forecast to occur late Wednesday night.

That's about one-fourth the number who suffered outages from Hurricane Sandy, which hit a more populated area around New Jersey in 2012.

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"A storm surge of 2 to 4 feet above normal tide levels is possible near and to the north of where the centre moves through the Lesser Antilles".

National Weather Service officials in Honolulu urged residents to remain careful, noting that the difference between a Category 1 hurricane and a tropical storm is just 5 miles per hour wind speed.

Here's what you need to know about Hurricane Florence before it hits the U.S. It took Matheson and her husband almost the whole day Monday to drive the 60 miles off the barrier island.

Unlike the Atlantic and eastern Pacific basins, tropical storm season never ends in the western Pacific. "There is no way to be completely safe", but going inland might not be much safer. She said her house, built in 2009 in Buxton, North Carolina, is on a ridge and built to withstand a hurricane. "Already we're getting some overwash, the ocean is coming over 12", she said, referring to the islands' main road.

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