Isaac is 5th hurricane of 2018 Atlantic season

Isaac is 5th hurricane of 2018 Atlantic season

Isaac is 5th hurricane of 2018 Atlantic season

The National Hurricane Center announced Sunday morning that Florence escalated into a hurricane with winds reaching 75mph as it swirls across the Atlantic.

Considered extremely risky and powerful, forecasters warned that Florence could bring with it an increased risk of two life-threatening impacts: storm surge along the coast and freshwater flooding from prolonged rains, the hurricane centre said. Once winds reach 111 miles per hour, it will be a category 3 (major) hurricane.

Florence is now forecast to approach the North Carolina or SC coast by Thursday, although tropical storm-force winds from the system could reach the coast as early as Wednesday.

Behind Florence are two other storms that the National Hurricane Center is monitoring. As of 11 p.m. Saturday, Florence had maximum sustained winds of 70 mp and was located about 790 miles southeast of Bermuda.

The National Hurricane Center says Florence could make landfall by Friday in the Southeast U.S. and that residents from SC to the mid-Atlantic need to get ready.

Any small change to the storm's current track could affect its path and impact, though, and it's still early, James Murrow, National Weather Service Raleigh forecaster, said in a Sunday briefing.

But forecasters said that the risk of "direct impacts continues to increase" and that a huge coastal area from northern Florida to North Carolina should prepare for a major hit.

Both North and SC have declared states of emergency in preparation.

At the moment, swells from Florence are affecting Bermuda and parts the US East Coast.

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Florence had maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour, making it a Category 1 storm on the five-level Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale. It did not immediately pose a threat to land.

"Rainfall is going to be a major issue, especially for inland portions of North Carolina", Murrow said.

There are now no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

The next National Hurricane Center advisory is scheduled for 5 a.m. Sunday.

The U.S. Navy also said that ships are preparing to depart Hampton Roads on September 10.

Filipinos in Virginia, North Carolina, and SC can be affected by Hurricane Florence.

Florence is actually the lone major hurricane of the season so far as it was initially a category 4 hurricane in the open Atlantic before weakening and now restrengthening again.

In the Pacific, Hurricane Olivia now has winds of 80 mph, and is approximately 825 miles east-northeast of Hilo, Hawaii.

Last week Florence was a Category 4 hurricane before it weakened to a tropical storm, then regained strength this weekend into a Category 1 hurricane.

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