Isaac strengthens into hurricane behind Florence, Helene

Sergio Conner
September 10, 2018

The NHC added that Florence, which reached major hurricane status several days ago but weakened into a tropical storm, now has an eye.

As of 5 a.m., Hurricane Florence has reached maximum winds speeds of 105 miles per hour. "Somewhere along the Carolinas will see a surge, we just don't know where yet", he said.

Hurricane Florence has been upgraded to a "potentially catastrophic" Category 4 storm sparking fears of 130mph winds and widespread destruction across much of the USA east coast.

"Isaac is a small hurricane and uncertainty in the forecast is greater than normal", the National Hurricane Center reported Monday at 11 a.m.

Hurricanes have a life cycle, moving from tropical storm to full-on hurricane.

The most threatening one is Hurricane Isaac which is expected to make landfall later this week in the Windward Islands - which includes Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, and Grenada - before heading toward the central part of the Caribbean.

Florence "is expected to remain an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday", the NHC said in a statement. "We don't want to risk one SC life". It was centered about 1,230 miles (1,985 kilometers) east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and moving west at 13 mph (20 kph).

As it nears the U.S. Atlantic shore, Florence will also benefit from "very warm" sea surface temperatures of up to 85 degrees, the National Hurricane Center said. The northernmost landfall was made by Hazel, a devastating and deadly storm that struck close to the South Carolina/North Carolina border in October of 1954.

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The center of Florence was forecast to sweep between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday before making its assault on the USA coast. It would also mean a "massive rain event" from as far north as Virginia all the way down to SC.

Residents anywhere along the East Coast should pay attention to and prepare for the storm, as meteorologists say it could cause extremely heavy rain and rip currents up and down the Atlantic coast. People in coastal communities are taking all precautions.

Major hurricanes with winds over 115 miles per hour occur 96% of the time between the middle of August and into the second week in October.

"This storm gets stronger and stronger" and is on its way to a head-on impact on the Carolinas later this week, Myers said.

According to the North Carolina Emergency Management agency on September 9, there is now an "increasing risk of life-threatening impacts: storm surge at coast, flooding inland ..."

Florence is now a category 4 hurricane. Of the two other storms, which remain far from land, Isaac poses the most immediate risk.

A very unsafe situation ahead this week for parts of the East Coast.

In addition, in the Pacific, what's now Hurricane Olivia is forecast to approach Hawaii as a tropical storm on Tuesday.

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