Hurricane Florence has slightly increased in speed as it heads toward the U.S. East Coast. It comes after he approved a similar declaration for North and SC, which are now in the bull's-eye of the powerful Category 4 storm.
An enhanced satellite image showing Hurricane Florence, third from right, west of Isaac and Helene. "Further strengthening is anticipated, and Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday", the NHC warned.
It has been a calmer than-normal tropical storm season up until this point, yet things are grabbing big: three hurricanes are beating in the Atlantic, with Hurricane Florence quickly moving toward the US East Coast. While the governor noted there is still some uncertainty about the track of the storm, he says Maryland officials are "preparing for the potential of historic, catastrophic and life-threatening flooding in Maryland".
FEMA administrator Brock Long is warning that the hurricane will be a "devastating event" and urging Americans to evacuate if they've been asked to leave their homes.
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"Florence is a unique storm in the path it has taken", Fox News' meteorologist Adam Klotz asid.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Isaac now has maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour and is currently westward towards the Lesser Antilles and Eastern Caribbean as of early this morning.
There was little change in Florence's track during the 11 a.m. forecast from the National Hurricane Center. The storm is forecast to strengthen even more. It will then turn north-northwest on Wednesday and Thursday.
The U.S. military said it was sending an advance team to Raleigh, North Carolina, to coordinate with federal and state partners.
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Tropical Storm Isaac is also worth paying attention to. We're just a strip of land - we're a barrier island.
Aside from the winds of a hurricane of that magnitude, other threats include life-threatening storm surge and a prolonged flooding threat due to an expected slow-down in Florence's movement.
Unlike the Atlantic and eastern Pacific basins, tropical storm season never ends in the western Pacific.
Issac became the fifth hurricane of this season on Sunday night when it was around 1,300 miles east of the Windward Islands.
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Hurricane conditions are possible within the hurricane watch area by Thursday morning, with tropical storm conditions possible early Thursday in both the hurricane and tropical storm watch areas.
Tropical storm force winds extend 80 miles from the center.
It is growing more likely that the system will have a direct impact on the Carolinas.
Maximum sustained winds remain at 75 miles per hour making it a category 1 hurricane.
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It was the fifth-most active hurricane season since records began in 1851 and the worst in nearly 100 years, killing an estimated 1,400 people.