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

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

Hurricane Florence is on the brink of becoming a major storm, strengthening rapidly as it rolls across the Atlantic Ocean toward the U.S. East Coast.

Forecasters were also tracking two more storms further out in the Atlantic, with Tropical Storm Isaac expected to become a hurricane later on Sunday as it barreled toward the Caribbean.

Hurricane Isaac strengthened overnight to become the fifth hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season and the third now swirling towards the United States, joining Hurricanes Florence and Helene.

Florence's strongest winds were measuring 85 miles per hour, with a possible landfall as a major hurricane happening Thursday. It will continue to remain an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday.

On its current track Florence is expected to slam the Carolinas and Virginia the hardest - and all three states have issued emergency declarations to speed preparations. Hurricane Florence is 750 miles southeast of Bermuda and is tracking west at 6 mph.

It is forecast to approach the southeastern US coast on Thursday. "While we don't yet know what the path of this storm will be, it is never too early to prepare yourself, your family, and your home".

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division tweeted Sunday that officials there are "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster".

States of emergency have already been declared in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia due to possible impact from the storm.

Florence was producing large swells expected to reach from the northern Caribbean to the southern coasts of Canada´s Maritime provinces.

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

Tropical Storm Florence has intensified into a hurricane, threatening to slam the East Coast later this week.

The climatological peak of the hurricane season is September 10 - and it shows.

No impacts are expected in Northwest Florida yet, but locals and visitors should remain vigilant as we enter the most active part of hurricane season.

There are no reported coastal watches or warnings in effect.

Florence isn't the only storm in the sea though.

None of the storms now presents an immediate threat to South Florida, according to the 5 p.m. Sunday advisory from the National Hurricane Center. McMaster on Sunday predicted Florence will likely deliver "a strong hit on SC", though he cautioned that it's still uncertain how bad the Palmetto State will be affected.

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