Isaac Is Now A Hurricane; Helene Gains Strength

According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm is expected to be a "large and extremely risky hurricane" when it arrives.

Dominica, still recovering from the battering it took from Hurricane Maria last September, is preparing for the passage of Hurricane Isaac that meteorological officials say could pass near or over the island by Wednesday night.

Navy ships off Virginia's coast were preparing to sail out of the path, a North Carolina university has already canceled classes and people have begun stocking up on plywood, bottled water and other supplies.

On its current track Florence is expected to slam the Carolinas and Virginia the hardest - and all three states have issued emergency declarations to speed preparations.

More than 1.5 million people were ordered to evacuate their homes along the US southeast coast as Hurricane Florence, the most powerful to menace the Carolinas in almost three decades, barreled closer on Tuesday.

Hurricane Florence was located south of Bermuda as of the National Hurricane Center's 8 a.m. report.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said his state is "in the bull's-eye" and urged people to "get ready now".

At noon on Monday, Hurricane Florence blew into a Category 4 classification, a level experts previously predicted wouldn't occur until later in the week.

It said that this motion is expected to continue for the next few days.

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.

He said it could even be as big as Hurricane Hugo back in 1989, which killed 49 people and caused $7bn (£5.3bn) in damage.

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. - The National Weather Service has placed parts of New Hanover County under a coastal flood advisory through midnight. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center. It comes after he approved a similar declaration for North and SC, which are now in the bull's-eye of the powerful Category 4 storm.

Isaac is a Category 1 hurricane that's blowing winds between 74-95 miles per hour. Wind will be the second threat.

Hurricane Isaac - which late Sunday became the fifth hurricane of the season - is heading west towards the Caribbean.

We'll just have to wait and see where all of them go.

WILMINGTON - Hurricane Florence has strengthened into a Category 3 storm with sustained winds of 115 miles per hour, according to the 11 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center.

For many people, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge: If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could bring torrential rains to the Appalachian mountains and as far away as West Virginia, causing flash floods, mudslides and other unsafe conditions.


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