Florence becomes a hurricane, barrels toward US East Coast

Florence becomes a hurricane, barrels toward US East Coast

The storm was slowly moving west toward the East Coast at 6 miles per hour on Sunday, but forecasters expect it to strengthen into a major hurricane by the time it reaches the coast. The storm is moving west at 7 miles per hour.

The NHC is predicting Florence will evolve back into a major hurricane in a few days, with wind speeds possibly reaching 233 km/h.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect, but officials say it is expected to become a hurricane by Monday.

Graphic illustration and forecast of Tropical Storm Isaac as at September 9 2018.

The Navy said all ships in Virginia's coastal Hampton Roads area were preparing to leave port for open seas Monday.

"Swells generated by Florence are affecting Bermuda and are beginning to reach portions of the U.S. East Coast", the NHC said in an advisory.

Norwegian Cruise Line said it had to change the itinerary of a Bermuda-bound ship - adding stops in the Maritimes - because of the storm.

On its current track, the storm could make landfall around the Carolinas on Thursday or Friday.

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Residents of the entire Atlantic Coast, from New England to Florida, are being urged to monitor Florence and make preparations.

According to the 5 a.m. update on the storm, "Florence is forecast to be a risky major hurricane near the southeast USA coast by late this week, and the risk of direct impacts continues to increase".

Here's the bottom line.the Southeast coast, including anywhere along the Carolina coast, could be looking at a very significant hurricane approaching the coast by as early as Wednesday night or Thursday.

In South Carolina on Saturday, Gov. Henry McMaster also declared a state of emergency due to the possible impacts from Florence.

There is an increasing risk of two life-threatening impacts from Florence: storm surge at the coast and freshwater flooding from a prolonged heavy rainfall event inland.

Tropical Storm Isaac could be a hurricane as it continues to move west toward the Caribbean.

Tropical Storm Isaac is churning towards the Windward Islands amid a forecast that it could become a hurricane before the end of the day.

The governors of North and SC both issued states of emergency ahead of the storm. Storm surge and freshwater flooding from rainfall could become life-threatening risks, especially from SC through the mid-Atlantic.

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