TROPICS: Florence expected to produce damaging winds in Carolinas

Olive Hawkins
September 12, 2018

"The bottom line is that there is increasing confidence that Florence will be a large and extremely risky hurricane, regardless of its exact intensity", Blake said.

Florence, the most powerful Hurricane of the three, is expected to barrell through Bermuda and the Bahamas in the coming days before directly hitting the southeastern coast of the United States on Thursday.

At the moment, Florence, Hurricane Isaac, and Hurricane Helene are all swirling in different parts of the ocean at the peak of hurricane season. "Swells will remain very rough to the south and east for Wednesday while gradually shifting southerly as Florence moves away to our southwest".

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. - The National Hurricane Center announced at 5 p.m. Monday it could begin issuing hurricane and storm surge watches as soon as Tuesday morning.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles.

The Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said that Isaac, packing winds of 75 miles per hour (mph) located near latitude 14.7 North, longitude 43.9 West and moving toward the west near 14 mph. Its center will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said.

Florence is heading toward the southeastern US - with an unusual journey.

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National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham warned that Florence was forecast to linger over the Carolinas once it reaches shore.

Tropical Storm Helene is in the eastern Atlantic and it is impacting the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands.

Chance for rain and storms will continue this week, with the deeper tropical moisture more or less still in place over the area.

Isaac, a weakening Category 1 hurricane, is much farther south, and is facing the same winds that threatened to rip Hurricane Florence apart.

Maximum sustained winds remain at 75 miles per hour making it a category 1 hurricane. Both North and SC have declared states of emergency in preparation.

Hurricane Hugo was an example on September 22, 1989, when it made landfall on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina. NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold, now on board the International Space Station, shared a fresh look at Florence from above on Monday. At 5am Monday, Isaac was moving toward the west at around 13mph and was expected to arrive in the eastern Caribbean Sea on Thursday.

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