Hurricane Florence causing 85-mph winds, will become major hurricane Monday

Hurricane Florence causing 85-mph winds, will become major hurricane Monday

Hurricane Florence causing 85-mph winds, will become major hurricane Monday

On the current projected path, a powerful Hurricane Florence could be near the North Carolina-South Carolina coast. The newsletter went out prior to the storm shifting slightly to the north Sunday morning.

The National Hurricane Center said Saturday that Florence will start to rapidly intensify Sunday, and be a major hurricane by Tuesday.

Right now, Florence is expected to approach the Southeast coast on Thursday, Quagliariello said, stressing that the storm's predicted track likely can and will change.

Florence continued its west-northwest crawl toward the southeastern USA coast, packing maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour. The storm is forecast to make landfall along the North Carolina coast sometime Thursday as a Category 3 or 4 storm.

The NHC said the vast storm had maximum sustained winds of almost 75 miles per hour (120 kph), reaching up to 125 miles from its center, as it tracked west-northwestward across the western Atlantic.

It stated there is an "increasing risk of life threatening hazards" from storm surge and heavy rainfall but noted it was too early to determine the exact location, timing and magnitude of these impacts.

There are no reported coastal watches or warnings in effect.

Tropical Storm Isaac formed late Saturday afternoon in the Atlantic between Tropical Storm Florence and Tropical Storm Helene.

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Swells generated by Florence are affecting Bermuda and starting to reach parts of the Eastern Seaboard, the National Weather Service said.

Gov. Henry McMaster told a news conference Sunday that people should "pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of SC and is going to go way inshore".

And water - not wind - is responsible for most deaths when it comes to hurricanes and tropical storms.

A photo taken from the International Space Station by astronaut Ricky Arnold shows Hurricane Florence over the Atlantic Ocean in the early morning hours of September 6, 2018.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 miles per hour (120 km/h) with higher gusts.

Swells generated by Florence could cause risky rip currents and coastal flooding today in some areas including coastal DE and New Jersey, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm could dump between 20-40 mm of rain on the region and surrounding areas Sunday and Monday. The storm is expected to continue on its westward path.

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