Strengthening Hurricane Florence blasts toward U.S. East Coast

Strengthening Hurricane Florence blasts toward U.S. East Coast

Anticipating Florence could directly hit the U.S. Southeast late this week, forecasters urged residents from SC to the mid-Atlantic to get ready - and not just for a direct blow against the coast.

Elsewhere in the tropics, officials say Tropical Storm Helene is approaching islands off the western coast of Africa.

The National Hurricane Center, along with local branches of the National Weather Service and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper are warning that the biggest dangers from Florence facing the Carolinas now are risky ocean conditions and storm surge flooding on the coast and freshwater flooding from "prolonged, heavy rain inland", according to the NHC.

But Hurricane Center officials warned that anyone in coastal and inland locations from SC to the mid-Atlantic region should "closely monitor the progress of Florence, ensure that they have their hurricane plan in place, and follow any advice given by local officials". Where the storm will make landfall is still up for debate.

Here is a look at the earliest arrival time of tropical storm force winds.

The latest models on Saturday show that it's becoming less likely the storm will veer north and miss the mainland USA entirely.

Forecasters are also keeping an eye on two storms gathering behind Florence.

While hurricanes pose the greatest threat to life and property, tropical storms and depression also can be devastating.

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Isaac's tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center. Helene is expected to turn north well ahead of threatening the U.S. East Coast and is forecast to start weakening by Tuesday. The storm could bring 2-4 inches of rain to those islands, risking flash floods.

Florence's effects already were being felt in the Carolinas in the form of unsafe ocean swells, life-threatening rip currents and rough waves.

Isaac's route is still wildly uncertain and will be for days. Residents in this part of the east coast should prepare now for the possibility of a major hurricane at landfall. It is now entering a warmer zone that could lead it to gather strength, meteorologists said.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms with strong winds will be possible on Friday. Others should have at least a week's supply of food, water and medication for their families and their pets. Take note of the hotline in case of emergencies there.

USA residents from SC to Virginia were warned that Florence posed an increasing risk of life-threatening coastal storm surge, as well as flooding from heavy rainfall inland.

The second week of September is the peak of hurricane season, so the flurry of activity is no surprise to forecasters.

As of the 5 p.m. advisory, the spaghetti plot models look to be in much better agreement, and even favor more on the right side of the track.

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