Florence isn’t alone. More tropical storms are brewing

83-Foot Wave Recorded By Satellite Monitoring Hurricane Florence

83-Foot Wave Recorded By Satellite Monitoring Hurricane Florence

A remarkable satellite image shows Hurricane Florence in the Atlantic is one of just nine potentially risky storms now circling around the world.

That's as high as an eight-story building.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Helene has 90 miles per hour winds, meaning it is a Category 1 storm.

Some fluctuation in wind speeds are expected, and weakening forecast Thursday, but it's still expected to be a fierce storm triggering unsafe flooding.

The huge waves are being produced because currents are trapped by very strong winds moving in the same direction the storm's motion. Locally higher amounts for storm surge are possible along the rivers and sounds near New Bern, NC.

RTE reports that the National Hurricane Centre in the U.S. said that the weather event will be packing wind speeds of 140km/h, but that by the time it reaches the United Kingdom and Ireland, it won't be as severe as it has been elsewhere. The storm has 45 miles per hour sustained winds with higher-speed gusts.

It is once again a tropical storm out in the Caribbean Sea.

The mayor of a SC city in the path of powerful Hurricane Florence is warning citizens to get out or stay "at your own peril".

The "probable" forecast path for Florence, a Category 4 hurricane, showed the storm shifting further toward the southern North Carolina coast and the northern half of the SC coast, with the forecast cone stretching into Georgia, western North Carolina and Tennessee, according to the National Hurricane Center.

"Interests elsewhere in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic states should monitor the progress of Florence", said the NHC.

At 5 a.m., the storm was centered 575 miles (925 km) southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving at 17 mph (28 kph).

That is causing the so called "cone of uncertainty" to expand.

Some coastal flooding is possible in areas of onshore winds.

Florence is projected to weaken to a Tropical Storm by early Saturday before weakening to a Tropical Depression by Sunday near northern GA.

Isaac is expected to reach the islands, which remain under a tropical storm warning, by Thursday afternoon and cross the Caribbean through Saturday.

The National Hurricane Center is predicting the storm will produce "catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding".

Florence will likely hover or meander right along the coast for this time period, prolonging impacts to this region.

Mapp, who spoke with the National Weather Service and Virgin Islands Emergency Management Agency officials again this morning, said two to four inches of rain are expected on St. Croix beginning Thursday evening.

The fact both Hugo and Florence have rapidly strengthened to Category 4 hurricanes along the eastern seaboard in quiet years has caught the attention of hurricane researcher Jim Kossin.

Duke Energy North Carolina President David Fountain said Florence is so massive and its potential for damage so extensive that people could be without power for a very long time.

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