Florence becomes a hurricane; 2 other storms gain strength

Here's what David Epstein is saying about Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence is rapidly strengthening and is expected to hit the USA east coast later this week as a major hurricane, according to the latest forecasted track.

The governors of North and SC, as well as Virginia, have declared states of emergency ahead of landfall.

"All indications are that Florence will be an extremely unsafe Category 4 hurricane while it moves over the western Atlantic toward the southeastern United States", the Miami-based hurricane centre said.

As of early Monday, Isaac was about 1,230 miles east 1,305 miles (1,985 km) east of the Windward Islands with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph), the NHC said.

The storm will bring with it large swells and life-threatening rip currents. A storm with sustained winds of at least 111 miles per hour classifies as a Category 3 major hurricane, according to the NHC. "Strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and Isaac is expected to become a hurricane by Monday, (September 10)", the DDM said. It is packing maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour and is moving to the west-northwest at 9 miles per hour.

The National Hurricane Center says it is still too early to predict the storm's exact path, but a huge coastal area from northern Florida to North Carolina should prepare for a possible a "major hurricane".




As a result of the ominous storm, states across the East Coast are bracing for landfall with officials in the Carolinas and the Virginias making preparations.

Henry McMaster, governor of SC, warned the USA should be braced for the hurricane to hit.

"So when this is all said and done this is probably going to be the costliest storm in the history of the Carolinas because not only are you dealing with a major hurricane hit, but you're dealing with flooding of biblical proportions", Bastardi explains.

Hurricane season reaches its peak on September 10-11.

No impacts are expected in Northwest Florida yet, but locals and visitors should remain vigilant as we enter the most active part of hurricane season.

Forecasters were also tracking two other storms farther out in the Atlantic. Hurricane Florence has the potential to provide us with multiple inches of rain, but we're continuing to watch its track closely to better determine how much rain we could get.

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