TD 9 strengthens into Tropical Storm Isaac

Hurricane Florence tracker and spaghetti models

Hurricane Florence tracker and spaghetti models

The storm is expected to take a track that will move west-southwest and eventually curve toward a possible landfall in North or SC.

U.S. President Donald Trump, whose administration faced severe criticism for a slow response in Puerto Rico to Hurricane Maria, canceled a political rally planned for Friday in Jackson, Mississippi, over safety concerns related to Florence, his campaign said.

As of 5 p.m., Florence was 810 miles southeast of Bermuda, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.

"The track that Florence is taking is very atypical", Klotzbach said in an email.

Forecasters said Florence was expected to become an extremely risky major hurricane sometime Monday, and remain that way for days.

Even though the National Hurricane Center has slightly shifted the track of Hurricane Florence to the north, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster is urging residents to start getting prepared now.

And a third tropical storm has formed in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. The storms are two of three hurricanes now spinning in the Atlantic.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's office described Florence as possibly the state's "most significant hurricane event in decades", and warned of "catastrophic inland flooding, high winds and possible widespread power outages". "But on rare occasions, the steering patterns can line up such that a storm slips into a dead zone between troughs and ridges". Even before the evacuation order, Dare County emergency officials warned that rough seas and strong rip currents already were creating unsafe conditions.

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Helene featured winds near 75 miles per hour was moving west.

And with little wind shear to pull the storm apart, Florence's hurricane wind field was expected to expand over the coming days, increasing its storm surge and inland wind threats along with life-threatening freshwater flooding.

"Everyone in North Carolina needs to keep a close eye on Florence and take steps now to get ready for impacts later this week", Cooper said in a statement on Sunday.

"It could approach the coast as far south as Georgia, or as far north as Virginia, and if we're really lucky it will stay away from the coast altogether", said Moss.

Unsafe swells generated by Florence affected Bermuda and have begun to reach parts of the Eastern Seaboard.

"The bottom line is that there is increasing confidence that Florence will be a large and extremely unsafe hurricane, regardless of its exact intensity", the NHC forecast warned.

Hurricane Helene, was spinning in the Atlantic off West Africa's Cape Verde islands with 85-mph (140-kph) winds on Monday, but did not appear to pose an immediate threat to land.

Tropical Depression 9 has become a named system: Tropical Storm Isaac. The storm was slowly moving west toward the East Coast at 6 miles per hour on Sunday, but forecasters expect it to strengthen into a major hurricane by the time it reaches the coast. It's expected to strengthen through Tuesday before beginning to weaken.

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