Tropical Storm Isaac, 9th named storm of season, forms in Atlantic

10 September, 2018, 00:47 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
  • TROPICS: Florence to become a hurricane today; TD 9 strengthening

Florence is expected to become a hurricane today and rapid intensification is likely to begin by tonight.

The hurricane center says "catastrophic" Category 4 storms generate sustained winds of at least 130 miles per hour.

It is forecast to approach the southeastern USA coast on Thursday.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency Saturday, saying it was becoming increasingly likely that the state could see significant impacts.

Governors in Virginia, North Carolina, and SC have declared states of emergency, warning residents to prepare for a risky storm.

"Make your plans now", South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster urged residents during a Sunday afternoon news conference.

At the moment, swells from Florence are affecting Bermuda and parts the US East Coast.

Isaac has maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour (mph) and is moving toward the west near nine mph.

"While we don't yet know what the path of this storm will be, it is never too early to prepare yourself, your family, and your home".

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Hennen said computer models agree Florence is on track to hit the Carolinas.

This enhanced satellite image made available by NOAA shows Tropical Storm Florence, third from right, in the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 at 3 p.m. EDT.

The National Weather Service in Columbia emphasized earlier Sunday that the impacts of a hurricane can extend more than 100 miles from the storm's center. On Saturday, Loewenthal said the waters off the area's coast measured in the mid-to-upper 80 degrees, which would allow the storm to maintain its strength.

He said: "We are entering the peak of hurricane season and we know well the unpredictability and power of these storms".

- Florence strengthened in the Atlantic Sunday and again became a hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center's 11 a.m. update.

The hurricane center said, "All indications are that Florence will be an extremely risky Category 4 hurricane while it moves over the western Atlantic toward the southeastern United States".

Loewenthal said the area should prepare to see impacts, including rough surf and unsafe rip currents, as early as Sunday. It's too soon to determine if Florence will hit land, where it might hit and what the magnitude of the winds might be.

The official National Hurricane Center track now brings Florence to the North Carolina coast Thursday evening as a Category 4 Hurricane, near Wilmington, NC. Impacts include possible flooding, high winds, and potential storm surge.

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