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Florence, Helene, Isaac, and more?
12 September 2018, 03:17 | Justin Tyler
Florence, Helene, Isaac, and more?
Lining up behind Florence, Isaac was about 1,230 miles (1,985 kilometers) east of the Windward Islands with top winds of 75 mph (120 kph) early Monday, moving west at 13 mph (20 kph). "Further strengthening is anticipated, and Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday", the NHC warned.
The storm is moving west-northwest at 13 miles per hour (20 kph), the NHC said.
Historically, 90 percent of fatalities from hurricanes, tropical storms and tropical depressions have been caused by water, NHC spokesman Dennis Feltgen said.
Florence is still moving slowly, and could become a hurricane soon, the National Weather Center said.
Since the hurricane has already amassed wind speeds of 130 miles per hour, the coast could see life-threatening wind, rain, and storm surges. The hurricane center announced the change in an update, citing data from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft that showed Florence was rapidly intensifying, with maximum sustained winds near 130 miles per hour.
Many newcomers have moved to the coast in the almost 19 years since the last strong hurricane - Floyd - threatened the area.
"It's important to remember the cone of uncertainty covers the entire SC coast, meaning landfall in SC is still a possibilty", Quagliariello said.
Up to nine hurricanes and four "major" depressions with sustained winds of at least 100mph have been predicted by USA government, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Helene is one of three major storms now swirling in the Atlantic.
Hogan says the declaration of emergency is a planning measure to ensure all necessary resources are mobilized in areas of the state with greatest potential need.
Trump has declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, and canceled campaign events Thursday and Friday in anticipation of the storm.
And Hurricane Florence will take aim at the Southeast coast of the United States late this week, likely as a major hurricane.
Steve Pfaff, a warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Wilmington office, warned impacts could include storm surge and wind damage, although the storm's path remains uncertain at this time.
At present, Hurricane Florence is about 1,400 miles of the coast of Charleston, which is almost as far away as the city is from the Rocky Mountains.
The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1, and this year was forecasted to have a slightly above-average number of storms. Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune urged people to secure their homes but said it was too early to know if evacuations will be ordered.
Should Hurricane Isaac begin to grow, islands beyond the Lesser Antilles such as Puerto Rico, Haiti and the Dominican Republic will brace themselves for the possibility of weathering another storm.
"The chances of it going out to sea are extremely slim at this point", she said.
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Strengthening Hurricane Florence takes aim at U.S. Southeast
Florence has been moving more toward the west and slightly northwest, potentially making direct landfall coming in from the east. Hurricane Hazel came ashore at the South Carolina-North Carolina state line with winds of 130 miles per hour (209 kph) in 1954.