Florence to become major hurricane by Monday

Two tropical depressions in Atlantic Article by Barbados Today Published on September 8, 2018

It is also located 1,240 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, according to the NHC. "A turn toward the northwest is forecast to occur Wednesday night or Thursday".

Hurricane Florence is now forecast to make landfall as a major hurricane near the North Carolina-South Carolina border area between Charleston and Cape Hatteras, N.C., late Thursday.

As Florence gathered strength far out in the Atlantic, Wall Street was trying to pick winners and losers from any havoc it might cause. As of 5 p.m., hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the storm's center, while tropical storm-force winds extend out 150 miles. As a result, viewers are advised to continue to check with the 11Alive StormTrackers and 11Alive.com for the latest information and updated weather advisories or warnings. Such swells can lead to risky surf and rip currents, the NHC warned. Spots with the highest risk for rip current formation are breaks in sandbars and near structures like terminal groins, jetties and piers, but beachgoers should stay on alert everywhere.

WILMINGTON - Hurricane Florence is now a Category 4 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of National Security said: “The Ministry is reminding that all public services, including Government offices, public transport and public schools will be open and operational tomorrow, September 10.

Isaac is moving toward the west near 14mph (22km/h). The center warns that such storms will snap or uproot most trees and down power poles and that power can be out in some areas for weeks or months.

In the Pacific, Tropical Storm Olivia is set to sweep through the Hawaiian islands Tuesday, where tropical storm watches have been posted.

It's expected to become at least a Category 3 hurricane before it hits the mainland USA around SC and North Carolina, likely on Friday morning, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Monday.

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Further strengthening is still expected and Florence will remain a major hurricane as it nears the Carolina coast into Thursday. It would also mean a "massive rain event" from as far north as Virginia all the way down to SC.

Communities in North and SC, and Virginia are preparing themselves for the onslaught of Hurricane Florence, which is forecasted to hit hard late Thursday or early Friday (September 13 and 14). "Everyone should start preparing now".

Its maximum sustained winds are at 105 miles per hour (165 kmh).

The NHC said: "Isaac is a small hurricane and uncertainty in the forecast is higher than normal".

A mandatory evacuation was ordered for Hatteras Island and Dare County in North Carolina. It was moving to the west-northwest at 9 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour.

Isaac is expected to gain strength in the next day or two before beginning to weaken mid-week when it approaches the Lesser Antilles.

Isaac is one of three hurricanes in the Atlantic as of Monday. There is the added possibility that the storm will slow after landfall, bringing sustained torrential rainfall and the potential for catastrophic flooding. People were told to prepare to evacuate communities up and down a stretch of coastline already identified as particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels due to climate change.

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