Florence isn’t the only one. There are 3 more hurricanes brewing

14 September, 2018, 21:36 | Author: Ann Santiago
  • Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Florence continues to spin in the open Atlantic and move toward the west-northwest and is getting more organized and larger.

The Portuguese weather service said that wind gusts of up to 74 mph are possible by the weekend in the Azores, an island chain about 850 miles west of Portugal.

The National Hurricane Center said that the storm is Category 4 in strength.

The hurricane is just behind a more ferocious storm, Florence, which is expected to bring catastrophic flooding and hurricane-force winds to parts of the United States. As the storm moves inland, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland will also be in peril.

Forecasters say Isaac is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 3 to 5 inches with isolated amounts near 10 inches across the southern Leeward Islands late this week, with 1 to 2 inches anticipated across portions of the Windward Islands. Its winds could approach Category 5 strength, which means winds of 157 miles per hour (253 kph) or higher.

Sustained winds remained at 90 miles per hour, but the storm - which was never expected to threaten the US coast - should begin to weaken over the next day and become a tropical storm on Thursday, forecasters said in an 11 a.m. advisory.

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.

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"Florence is forecast to be an extremely risky major hurricane as it approaches the USA coast", the NHC said.

Florence is now 485 miles from Wilmington, North Carolina.

"Helene has taken a very similar track to that of Ophelia past year, which is extremely unusual for an Atlantic hurricane", Nolan told us.

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Martinique, Dominica, and Guadeloupe.

The storm is now around 530 miles southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and is moving west-northwest at 17 mph.

There is increased fear that Florence "will slow considerably or stall, leading to a prolonged and exceptionally heavy and unsafe rainfall event Friday-Sunday", the NHC said Tuesday.

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