Florence becomes a hurricane; 2 other storms gain strength

Florence becomes a hurricane; 2 other storms gain strength

Florence becomes a hurricane; 2 other storms gain strength

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

Hurricane Florence has its sights set on North and SC, and if it hits as hard as predicted, the storm will be the most powerful to pound the area in three decades, CNN weather anchor Chad Myers said Monday morning.

The hurricane center said, "All indications are that Florence will be an extremely risky Category 4 hurricane while it moves over the western Atlantic toward the southeastern United States".

Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall on the USA mainland between Thursday and Friday this week. A high-pressure ridge building to the north and northwest of Florence is expected to steer the hurricane west-north-westward to northwestward toward the southeastern USA coast.

Hurricane Florence appears to be taking aim at the largest U.S. Marine Corps base on the East Coast. They were likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions, according to the NHC.

Florence has maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour, though that number is likely to increase as the storm strengthens. It was expected to strengthen into a hurricane then weaken by the middle of the week.

Helene - now just southeast of the Cabo Verde islands off the African coast - had winds of 85 miles per hour, and was expected to turn northwest and then north into the open Atlantic by midweek, the NHC said.

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At this statistical height of the Atlantic hurricane season, Florence was being trailed on east-to-west paths by two hurricanes, Helene and Issac. Hurricane Florence has the potential to provide us with multiple inches of rain, but we're continuing to watch its track closely to better determine how much rain we could get.

Helene is moving west-northwest at 13 miles per hour, packing maximum-sustained winds of 85 miles per hour.

"Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km)".

There is an increasing risk of storm surge at the coast and damaging hurricane-force winds in the Carolinas.

There are three hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean.

As of 5 a.m. EDT, the storm was located about 115 miles (185 kilometers) southeast of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands.

This weekend's weather made it clear that we've reached peaked hurricane season - two are churning in the Atlantic while a third is expected by Monday. The forecast showed Isaac tracking south of Puerto Rico as it strengthened into a hurricane.

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