Major Hurricane Florence Barreling Towards The Carolinas Amidst A Busy Tropical Atlantic

Three storms churned in the Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 8 2018.               National Hurricane Center

Florence was "rapidly strengthening", with maximum sustained winds increased to 105 miles per hour, making it a Category 2 storm, the second-weakest on the five-level Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale. "Isaac is expected to be near hurricane strength when it moves through the central Lesser Antilles, with some weakening forecast afterward on Friday", the NHC said.

Over in the Pacific, this storm is still moving toward Hawaii, where tropical storm warnings and watches have been issued, the hurricane center said.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence was expected to slam into the coast around North and SC as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane on Thursday or Friday.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said his state is "in the bullseye" and urged people to "get ready now".

Forecasters say Florence will pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and start its approach to the USA on Thursday morning.

President Donald Trump says the safety of the American people is his "absolute highest priority" as Hurricane Florence takes aim at portions of the East Coast.

Aside from the winds of a hurricane of that magnitude, other threats include life-threatening storm surge and a prolonged flooding threat due to an expected slow-down in Florence's movement.

Maximum sustained winds remain at 75 miles per hour making it a category 1 hurricane.

Unfortunately, North Carolina is just days away from seeing another Hugo-like landfall with the troubling threat of days of Hurricane Harvey-like flooding long after the system make landfall in the Carolinas.

For more on Hurricane Helene, visit HERE.

The largest U.S. Marine Corps base on the East Coast, Camp Lejeune and its extensive beachfront northeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, lie within the NHC's forecast "cone" for possible landfall. Maximum sustained winds have increased to 105 miles per hour.

At the time of writing, Hurricanes Florence, Helene and Isaac are all active in the Atlantic Ocean.

Hurricane Isaac, much farther out to sea, has become the fifth named hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season, the hurricane center added.

Hogan says the declaration of emergency is a planning measure to ensure all necessary resources are mobilized in areas of the state with greatest potential need.

The governors of North and SC and Virginia declared states of emergency far ahead of the approaching storm.

Only Florence has qualified as a major hurricane.

NASA astronaut and current International Space Station resident Ricky Arnold was able to capture the sheer breadth of Hurricane Florence, while showcasing Isaac and an outer band of Helene in new photos posted on Twitter Monday.

As of noon Tuesday, the storm was about 1,230 miles southeast of the Cape Fear region, according to the National Weather Service. "I don't know where to go from here", she said.

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