Tropical Storm Florence turns into a hurricane

Tropical Storm Florence turns into a hurricane

A photo taken from the International Space Station by astronaut Ricky Arnold shows Hurricane Florence over the Atlantic Ocean in the early morning hours of September 6.

A Caribbean white sand beach it was not, but passengers appeared to be making the best of it. Helene's expected to turn north well ahead of threatening the U.S. East Coast.

A third major weather system, Tropical Storm Helene, is headed for the Cabo Verde Islands. Right now, the storm is expected to stay out in the Atlantic, never coming near the United States.

Maximum sustained winds remain at 75 miles per hour making it a category 1 hurricane. The forecast has Issac plunging westward into the Caribbean by Wednesday night or Thursday, well south of Florida and Cuba.

Met Service said neither of the storms are a threat to Jamaica.

The next National Hurricane Center advisory is scheduled for 11 p.m. Sunday.

A graph released by the center projects direct impact to the Carolinas by 2 a.m. Friday. He noted that past year, Irma, Jose and Katia all were active at the same time.

While forecasters said it is too early to predict the hurricane's path, it warned that it could roll ashore in the Carolinas by Thursday. The 2018 season has seen nine named storms so far and ends November 30. A major hurricane is defined as a Category 3 or higher, with winds in excess of 111 miles per hour.

Tropical Storm Florence continues to churn toward United States coast
Forecasters expect the storm to bring tropical storm conditions to parts of the Cabo Verde Islands on Saturday night and Sunday. It appears the high pressure filling in behind Florence will extend far enough south to block this system from turning north.

Tropical Storm Florence is forecast to become "a risky major hurricane" by late next week as the weather system tracks through the Atlantic Ocean toward the East Coast, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Florence is now a Category 2 storm and is still forecast to slam into the southeastern United States, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) in an update on the morning of September 10.

It is forecast to approach the southeastern USA coast on Thursday.

Forecasters said it was too soon to determine the exact timing, location and magnitude of storm surges and flooding Florence will cause.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster issued an executive order Saturday declaring a state of emergency in the state.

States of emergency have been declared in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia as residents were told to "pretend, assume, presume" Hurricane Florence will make it to land from the Carribbean.

There also is a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms southwest of Bermuda.

Chances of formation over the next five days are low at 20 percent. This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries.

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