Hurricane tracker: Florence to hit U.S. as 'major hurricane' within days

Hurricane tracker: Florence to hit U.S. as 'major hurricane' within days

Hurricane Florence is expected to hit the southeastern U.S.as "a large and extremely unsafe hurricane", the National Hurricane Center says, after the storm quickly strengthened on Monday. There is increasing concern Florence could slow or even stall as it moves near and then over land. "It's going to destroy homes", said Jeff Byard, an official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

For many people, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge: If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could bring torrential rains to the Appalachian mountains and as far away as West Virginia, causing flash floods, mudslides and other risky conditions.

Far from this hurricane parade on the other side of the globe, Tropical Storm Olivia is flying solo east of Hawaii. Helene is now at high-end Cat 2 with 95kt sustained winds but this should be the peak intensity of the hurricane. "It is an extremely, dangerous, life-threatening, historic hurricane", said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.

There are three hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean.

Isaac is a strong tropical storm with 60kt sustained winds, now about 675 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.

The storm is still days away from landfall, and the forecast track will probably change at least a little.

As a rapidly strengthening Hurricane Florence aims at Southeast coast, behind it Hurricane Helene, Tropical Storm Isaac and one other potential tropical storm are all brewing.

Hurricane Florence is predicted to slam into the US East Coast as a "major" storm.

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Hurricane Florence isn't the only storm churning in the Atlantic Ocean. More powerful hurricanes also bring higher-than-average storm surges, which can destroy coastal property.

Gradual weakening was expected Tuesday night and last until Helene returns to tropical storm status Thursday, forecasters said.

The governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia have issued emergency warnings in advance of the storm.

A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area. generally within 48 hours.

All government services will remain in operation tomorrow as Hurricane Florence passes to the south of the island.

Hurricane Florence is now a Category 4 storm moving toward the west near 13 miles per hour.

Hurricane Helene is way out over the open Atlantic and heading northward into more open waters. It took Matheson and her husband almost the whole day Monday to drive the 60 miles off the barrier island.

But, she added, she's not sure whether going inland would be much safer: "I don't know where to go from here". She said it was built in 2009 in Buxton, North Carolina, up on a ridge, and made to withstand a hurricane.

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