Hurricane Florence Strengthens, Poses Major Threat to Southeast and Mid-Atlantic

Tropics erupt as Florence, Helene and Isaac all churn in the Atlantic

A forecast from the hurricane center projected that Florence will pick up speed in the coming days.

As of the 5:00am advisory, Hurricane Florence has maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour, making it a Category 2 hurricane.

While Florence draws eyes in the east, the entire Hawaiian Island chain is under a tropical storm warning in advance of Tropical Storm Olivia, which is expected to sweep through the islands on Wednesday.

Florence is expected to rapidly strengthen into a major hurricane by as early as tomorrow evening.

That was the nation's most expensive hurricane, although that record fell three years later when Hurricane Andrew struck South Florida.

Florence, the most powerful storm to menace the US mainland this year, intensified into a Category 4 hurricane as it howled closer to the Carolinas on Monday, prompting evacuations of more than 1 million people to higher ground.

“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.”.

Florence is so wide that a life-threatening storm surge was being pushed 300 miles ahead of its eye, and so wet that a swath from SC to OH and Pennsylvania could get deluged.

Sustained winds at 130 miles per hour, moving west at 13 miles per hour.

"Additional strengthening was expected over the next day or two".

Still closer to Africa than North America, Hurricane Helene is predicted to head northeast in the Atlantic, then veer toward Europe, the center said.

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Some ships will stay behind because they're undergoing maintenance and may be tied down with additional mooring and storm lines. Large swells generated by Florence are already affecting Bermuda and portions of the East Coast and will continue this week.

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Feltgen said it's important that people don't get "hung up on the cone", and prepare for the possibility of impacts in areas outside of it. Typically, local governments in North Carolina make the call on evacuations.

Hurricane-force winds could buffet the Carolinas by Wednesday night with landfall likely in SC and North Carolina on Thursday, the NHC said.

Hurricane Florence as seen from the International Space Station on Monday afternoon.

We'll just have to wait and see where all of them go.

The NHC said there is "an increasing risk of life-threatening impacts for Florence", citing "storm surge at the coast, freshwater flooding from a prolonged and exceptionally heavy rainfall event inland and damaging hurricane force winds".

Considering Hurricane Florence is only growing stronger, let's just hope that these rainstorms are all we get.

Isaac is a Category 1 hurricane that's blowing winds between 74-95 miles per hour.

The Atlantic hurricane season that usually starts in June, has now peaks on September 10.

Unlike the Atlantic and eastern Pacific basins, tropical storm season never ends in the western Pacific.

Hurricane Isaac is holding steady at Category 1 strength as it moves in the open Atlantic near the Lesser Antilles.

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