Powerful hurricane could be headed to US

Powerful hurricane could be headed to US

Powerful hurricane could be headed to US

In North Carolina, officials started getting bulldozers and chain saws ready, and people were urged to put together emergency supply kits, prepare their homes and research evacuation routes.

Governors in Virginia, North Carolina and SC have all declared states of emergency over the past two days in anticipation of the storm. The newsletter went out prior to the storm shifting slightly to the north Sunday morning.

The National Hurricane Center projects Hurricane Florence could become a major storm - classified as Category 3 or higher - by Monday.

Tropical Storm Isaac, with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour (110 kph), was expected to grow into a Category 1 hurricane on Sunday night but weaken again as it approached the Eastern Caribbean by mid-week, on a track taking it well south of Puerto Rico, the NHC said. Regardless of where Florence comes near land, its impact, including wind, rain, and storm surge, will be felt well outside the immediate area near storm's center. The storm, about 750 miles southeast of Bermuda, is projected to make landfall early Friday morning somewhere in the Carolinas, according to National Hurricane Center forecasts.

Service of Jamaica said at 4:00 pm, Isaac was centred 2240 km east of the Windward Islands and is moving toward the west near 19 km/h. Five days out from expected landfall, there's still wide uncertainty about where it will hit and at what intensity, but the latest models show that it's most likely to make landfall in the southeast US, between northern Florida and North Carolina.

At 5 p.m. EDT, the hurricane center said Florence's maximum sustained winds were estimated to be 70 miles per hour (110 kph).

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At present, forecasters said that the storm is located 750 miles southeast of Bermuda, and it is forecast to move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between the Bahamas and Bermuda on September 11 and September 12 before getting close to the southeastern US coastline.

The two weather systems churning in the Atlantic Ocean continue to gain strength, with Helene now a Category 1 hurricane and Isaac projected to become one by tonight.

Loewenthal said the area should prepare to see impacts, including rough surf and unsafe rip currents, as early as Sunday.

The storm could intensify rapidly by Sunday, becoming a "major hurricane" by Monday.

Currently, there are no coastal warnings or watches for the storm.

The NHC said that swells generated by Hurricane Florence are already impacting Bermuda.

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