TROPICS: Florence becomes a Cat. 2 hurricane

Two tropical depressions in Atlantic Article by Barbados Today Published on September 8, 2018

However, Olivia is forecast to be a strong tropical storm when it reaches the Hawaiian Islands.

Florence's max sustained winds have been clocked at 130 miles per hour with an further increase expected on Monday.

Forecasters have warned of a life-threatening storm surge, along with the damage of a hurricane's high winds. The storm is already 500 miles wide - meaning a large area will be at risk when it nears land. No doubt evacuation orders will continue over the next few days for cities and town up and down the Coastline in those areas.

Isaac became the fifth hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic Season and the third storm being actively tracked in a busy weather weekend. To the west, a tropical disturbance has developed over the northwest Caribbean Sea.

Storm surge and freshwater flooding from rainfall could become life-threatening risks, especially from SC through the mid-Atlantic.

Hurricane Florence is the first of what looks like could be a trio of storms to hit the U.S. in rapid succession.

Florence crossed the 74 miles per hour threshold from tropical storm to a hurricane Sunday morning, and by evening its winds were up to 85 miles per hour (140 kph) as the National Hurricane Center warned a hurricane hunter plane found the storm strengthening quickly.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper urged his state's residents to get ready, noting the storm was generating swelling waves and unsafe currents.




It is over warm water and a favorable upper level environment so rapid strengthening is forecast and Florence is forecast to be a major hurricane Monday morning. While it weakened to a Category 2, it has just strengthened to a Category 3, and meteorologists expect it to regain more strength as it bears toward the East Coast of the United States.

Southeastern North Carolina remains in the middle of the storm's "cone of uncertainty", with the cone extending from roughly Hilton Head, S.C., in the south to the Chesapeake Bay in the north.

As Hurricane Florence intensified into a major, Category 4 storm in the Atlantic Ocean today (Sept. 10), astronauts and satellites have spotted the enormous weather system from space.

In North Carolina, officials already had ordered some 250,000 residents and visitors to begin evacuating the Outer Banks barrier islands. "Take every available precaution".

Hurricane Olivia continues on a path toward the Hawaiian Islands and has prompted a tropical storm warning for Hawaii and Maui counties.

Winds are now 105 miles per hour. The storm is forecast to strengthen even more.

As for the other developing storms.

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