Tracking the tropics: Three hurricanes brewing in the Atlantic

East Coast Braces For Possible Category 4 Hurricane Florence, Tropical Storm Isaac Develops In Atlantic |

Florence grew into a major hurricane on Monday morning and was upgraded again to a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane strength at midday as its top sustained wind speeds reached 130 miles per hour.

Florence interrupted her stay on North Carolina's Outer Banks.

For many people, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge: If Florence slows to a crawl, it could bring torrential rains all the way into the Appalachian mountains and as far away as West Virginia, causing flash floods, mudslides and other unsafe conditions in places that have already experienced lots of rain recently. It could become a tropical depression or perhaps Tropical Storm Joyce and will likely bring rain to the Texas coast or spots west of the New Orleans area.

"Florence is a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale".

"Florence is expected to be an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday", the NHC said.

As of Monday night, there are three hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean.

Isaac is a strong tropical storm with 60kt sustained winds, now about 675 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.

Hurricanes Isaac, which could hit Caribbean islands, and Helene, much farther out to sea, lined up behind Florence as the 2018 Atlantic season reached its peak. The storm surge, major flooding, and damaging winds extending well beyond the center of the storm could cause major damage to coastal communities.

East Coast Braces For Possible Category 4 Hurricane Florence, Tropical Storm Isaac Develops In Atlantic |

The agency forecasts the hurricane to essentially move north out into the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

Tropical Storm Isaac is also worth paying attention to. A turn toward the northwest and then north-northwest is forecast on Wednesday and Thursday.

Beyond the damage from wind and high surf, Hurricane Florence is anticipated to slow over the Carolinas where it might dump up to 30 inches of rain over quite a bit of North and SC.

For more on Hurricane Helene, visit HERE.

Panicked residents in the path of the storm ransacked petrol supplies at gas stations, a spokesman for North Carolina Petroleum Marketers Association said.

The monster hurricane is expected to intensify into a Category 5 storm with winds of over 157mph just before it makes landfall.

"The water could overtake some of these barrier islands and keep on going. Already we're getting some overwash, the ocean is coming over 12", she said, referring to the islands' main road.

While Florence draws eyes in the east, the entire Hawaiian Island chain is under a tropical storm warning in advance of Tropical Storm Olivia, which is expected to sweep through the islands on Wednesday.

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