Three hurricanes churn the Atlantic; 1 could impact East Coast

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

Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall somewhere between North Carolina, South Carolina, and the Mid-Atlantic states on Thursday evening or Friday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Far from this hurricane parade on the other side of the globe, Tropical Storm Olivia is flying solo east of Hawaii.

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.

Storm Surge and hurricane watches are likely be issued for the Carolina coast - including Southeastern N.C. - on Tuesday.

Red flags have already been flying on beaches, warning swimmers to stay out of the water as seas began kicking up. It uses average forecast errors of the last five years to predict a storm's path, said Dennis Feltgen of the center.

That was the nation's most expensive hurricane, although that record fell three years later when Hurricane Andrew struck South Florida.

Monster storm Mangkhut surpassed Florence's strength on Tuesday, with peak winds of about 260 km/h, and the storm is forecast to strengthen further - closing in on sustained winds of 280 km/h - as it surges toward Hong Kong later this week. While the governor noted there is still some uncertainty about the track of the storm, he says Maryland officials are "preparing for the potential of historic, catastrophic and life-threatening flooding in Maryland". An increase in forward speed is expected over the next couple of days.

Forecasters say the hurricane's strength is expected to fluctuate but it still will be a risky storm by the time it reaches the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday.

The National Hurricane Center downgraded Isaac to a tropical storm overnight but said Tuesday that it could be "at or near hurricane levels" on Thursday, when it approaches the Lesser Antilles Islands.

Isaac is expected to reach landfall in the Caribbean later this week.

Meteorologists are also tracking two tropical storms which formed off the coast of Africa. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.”.

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A line of heavy traffic moved away from the coast on Interstate 40, the main route between the port city of Wilmington and inland Raleigh.

This storm is lined up behind Florence in the Atlantic.

Sustained winds have reached nearly 105 miles per hour. "Florence is forecast to bring devastating rainfall and flooding from the coast to the Appalachians".

The center of the strong storm is about 1,240 miles east-southeast of Bald Head Island, with the hurricane moving westward at roughly 13 mph.

Florence is one of three hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean, along with Helene and Isaac. "Historically, storms that have taken the track Florence has taken turn north into the Atlantic Ocean before ever reaching the USA coast". "Everyone should start preparing now".

As Hugo approached the coast, Jacksonville had 21 miles per hour sustained winds, the highest in Florida.

The National Hurricane Center says the storm system nearing the Gulf could become a tropical depression later this week and affect parts of Texas, Louisiana and northeastern Mexico. "I don't know where to go from here", she said. Its projected landfall is "still fluctuating depending on which models you look at".

"The water could overtake some of these barrier islands and keep on going".

Below are some of the photos that Arnold (who recently helped track down a hole in the ISS) took of hurricanes Florence and Isaac from his lofty perch.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference his state was in "the bull's eye".

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