Florence expected to become hurricane, heading to southeast US


Storm surge and hurricane watches may be issued Tuesday morning for portions of southeastern U.S. states, the NHC said. The storm was located roughly 1,170 miles east-southeast of the Cape Fear region, and remained a risky Category 4 storm.

As of noon EDT, Florence was centered about 575 miles (925 kilometers) south-southeast of Bermuda, moving west at 13 mph (20 kph).

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"We've seen this many times in the past", said Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist and spokesman for the National Hurricane Center.

Met Service said neither of the storms are a threat to Jamaica. "We have already began mobilizing our assets to respond accordingly, and we are here for you!" "Flooding is the deadliest result of these storms".

Last week, Hurricane Florence became the first Category 4 hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season. As NPR's Bill Chappell reported, the town of Mountain View on the Big Island recorded 51.53 inches of rain as a result of Lane, the third-highest total ever measured from a US storm.

As of 11 a.m., Hurricane Florence is now a Category 3 storm, and is likely to strengthen. The hurricane center noted that, when it comes to predicting the path of a hurricane four and five days in the future, it can be off by an average of about 140 and 180 nautical miles. "Everyone should start preparing now". The storm was moving west at 13 miles per hour, and forecast paths show it will likely made landfall near Wilmington on Thursday.

"Warm sea surface temperatures and low wind shear (which, when high, can zap the energy from a storm) have set up flawless conditions for Florence to intensify".

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Most of the projected paths show Florence making landfall in North Carolina.

The hurricane center said, "Maximum sustained winds are near 75 miles per hour (120 km/h) with higher gusts".

"The chances of it going out to sea are extremely slim at this point", she said.

Helene is a Category 2 storm that's even farther off the coast than both of the other storms, but it's not expected to ever make landfall.

The Aqua satellite was just one view from space of the increasingly alarming hurricane activity. "If slows after landfall may cause heavier rain & winds".

Florence is expected to become a major hurricane Monday morning and "remain an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday, " the hurricane center said in its 5 a.m. advisory. "Please take all necessary precautions", he wrote in a second tweet.

Virginia, North and SC have declared states of emergency ahead of the storm.

Dare County officials ordered everyone to leave Hatteras Island on Monday.