Tropical Storm Florence A "Potential Threat"

'Way too soon' to say if Florence will impact the Maritimes

Isaac, which became a tropical storm Saturday afternoon, was intensifying and expected to become a hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said Sunday.

The governors of North and SC both issued states of emergency ahead of the storm. One, Hurricane Florence, is already cause 85-mph winds expected to become an "extremely dangerous" major hurricane.

Hurricane Florence is plowing toward the East Coast as a Category 4 storm with a 500-mile wing span, forcing dire warnings and mandatory evacuations - including the entire coastline of SC and parts of Virginia and North Carolina.

At 11 a.m. Hurricane Florence was located about 750 miles southeast or Bermuda and about 610 miles northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands.

It will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Wednesday and Thursday, before approaching the southeastern US coast, the NHC said in an advisory.

"Large swells and high threats of rip currents associated with Tropical Storm Florence will produce life-threatening ocean conditions along Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) beaches", the statement said.

"None of the guidance suggest that Florence has peaked in intensity", the Hurricane Center said, predicting that its peak winds will reach 155 miles per hour Tuesday, just 2 miles per hour shy of Category 5.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Florence exploded into a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane Monday as it closed in on North and SC, carrying winds up to 130 miles per hour and water that could wreak havoc over a wide stretch of the eastern United States later this week.

Tropical Storm Helene is just off the African coast and tropical storm warnings have been issued for the southern Cabo Verde Islands. Wherever it lands, it won't move much for three or four days, creating a storm surge and wind event, Osterberg said.




North Carolina officials started getting bulldozers and chain saws ready. "If you see a business taking advantage of this storm, please let my office know so we can hold them accountable", Stein said.

Forecasters were also tracking two other storms farther out in the Atlantic.

Hurricane Isaac - which late Sunday became the fifth hurricane of the season - is heading west towards the Caribbean.

Residents of the entire Atlantic Coast, from New England to Florida, are being urged to monitor Florence and make preparations.

The US southeast coast is on alert for a potentially deadly strike from Hurricane Florence as forecasters predict it will strengthen to a Category 4 hurricane before making landfall later in the week.

The biggest threats include flooding and damaging winds.

Hurricane Florence has the potential to bring catastrophic flooding to areas of the eastern United States already soaked by heavy rain and may be the strongest storm to hit the region in decades.

US Navy ships are also evacuating their ships in the Hampton Roads area to leave the port.

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