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Florence isn't the only one. There are more hurricanes brewing

Florence isn't the only one. There are more hurricanes brewing

Hurricane Florence is rapidly strengthening and is expected to hit the USA east coast later this week as a major hurricane, according to the latest forecasted track.

Historically, 90 per cent of fatalities from hurricanes, tropical storms and tropical depressions have been caused by water, said NHC spokesman Dennis Feltgen said.

Hurricane Florence, a risky Category 4 hurricane, continued it's slow slog toward the N.C. coast late Monday, with forecasters expecting the storm to strengthen even more before likely weakening before landfall.

Hurricane Florence strengthened to a Category 4 Monday, as the city works to prepare for the prospect of a major storm making landfall this week.

Some strengthening is expected during the next 36 hours, and Florence is expected to be an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday.

The airline issued a travel alert for 23 airports in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia due to Hurricane Florence.

It says that the winds are likely to hit North and SC around Thursday morning, and Pennsylvania by the evening. Although Florence's path has wavered over the past week, forecasters now project that the storm could still pack a Category 4 or even 5 punch upon landfall, which will occur along the Southeast or Mid-Atlantic coast (most likely upon the Carolinas). Further, residents and tourists should expect heavy prolonged rain upon the storm's arrival.

At the same time Florence is expected to make its landfall, another storm, Hurricane Isaac, is forecast to move across the Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea.

"The bottom line is that there is increasing confidence that Florence will be a large and extremely risky hurricane, regardless of its exact intensity, " Blake said.

In the Outer Banks of North Carolina, mandatory evacuations are taking place on Hatteras Island, according to Dare County Emergency Management. "Be prepared. Be ready", said Gov. Henry McMaster. So it may shift over the coming days, but if predictions hold, Florence is set to be the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in North Carolina since Hurricane Hugo tore through the state in 1989.

McMaster said Sunday that he has asked President Donald Trump for a federal disaster declaration.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed declarations of emergency for both North Carolina and SC, freeing up federal money and resources for storm response.

On its current track, Florence is expected to slam the Carolinas and Virginia the hardest.

Helene, meanwhile, was still in the Atlantic's spawning ground for hurricanes off the coast of Africa, swirling with 105 mph (165 kmh) winds and forecast to become a major hurricane, about 375 miles (600 kilometers) west of the Cape Verde islands. One out of every five South Carolinians, about 1 million in all, are in the evacuation zones covering eight counties.

The storm was getting bigger and better organised and is expected to continue to strengthen for the next day or so, the NHC said.

Florence's predicted path, as of early Monday morning. The storm was located roughly 1,170 miles east-southeast of the Cape Fear region, and remained a risky Category 4 storm.


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