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Hurricane Florence, Category 4 storm

Hurricane Florence, Category 4 storm

Helene is projected to continue northwestward tonight with a turn toward the north-northwest on Wednesday before turning northeastward with increasing forward speed, the NHC said.

Hurricane Helene is a Category 2 hurricane with 105 mph winds, and it is located 375 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands, moving 16 mph to the west-northwest. The rapidly intensifying storm could strike a direct and unsafe blow anywhere from the Carolinas to the Mid-Atlantic region later this week, possibly as a fearsome category 4.

The storm is now around 400 miles south of Bermuda and is moving at 16 mph (26 kph).

All government services will remain in operation tomorrow as Hurricane Florence passes to the south of the island.

As a rapidly strengthening Hurricane Florence aims at Southeast coast, behind it Hurricane Helene, Tropical Storm Isaac and one other potential tropical storm are all brewing.

The category 4 storm is racing up the coast at speeds of 209 kph, likely to enter Canada by the end of the week.

"Storm Surge and Hurricane watches could be issued for portions of these areas by Tuesday (Sept. 11) morning", said the NHC in the update.

Florence is predicted to bring "life-threatening impacts" to North Carolina and neighboring states late this week.

At 11 a.m. the centre of Tropical Storm Isaac was located near latitude 14.6 North, longitude 49.7 West. Isaac is moving toward the west near 16 miles per hour (26 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue for the next few days.

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There was little change in Florence's track during the 11 a.m. forecast from the National Hurricane Center.

Forecasters for AccuWeather and Global Weather Cycles and Oscillations told Daily Star Online they are both predicting an above-average season - the third in a row.

The storm's center will move northwest between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Feltgen said it's important that people don't get "hung up on the cone", and prepare for the possibility of impacts in areas outside of it.

A hurricane hunter plane found Florence strengthening quickly, reaching top winds of 105 miles per hour Monday morning after crossing the 74 miles per hour threshold from tropical storm to a hurricane on the day. Follow-up evacuations for another 250,000 are expected to come as the storm becomes more powerful. "We're just a strip of land - we're a barrier island", she said.

Hawaii prepares for a direct strike from a steady-moving Tropical Storm Olivia.

The Atlantic hurricane season that usually starts in June, has now peaks on September 10.

Issac became the fifth hurricane of this season on Sunday night when it was around 1,300 miles east of the Windward Islands. Although some strengthening is expected over the next day or two, forecasters say it will weaken once it approaches the Lesser Antilles. Tuesday morning's data from hurricane-hunting aircraft supports this forecast, the center said.


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