Tropical Storm Isaac, 9th named storm of season, forms in Atlantic

Clark Diaz
September 10, 2018

It remains too soon to determine the location and magnitude of impacts from Florence.

By Thursday, Florence could regain strength to a Category 3 or higher if it makes landfall along the East Coast.

A state of emergency was declared in sc and Virginia to give officials and residents enough time to prepare for Florence if it hits the area. It was moving west at 6 miles per hour.

Meteorologist Eric Holthaus warned on Twitter that it could become one of the worst storms in U.S. history.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence's maximum sustained winds on Friday night were estimated to be 60mph.

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"State emergency management, transportation, health experts and others are making sure North Carolina is prepared for the storm, and I urge the public to review your emergency plans and gather your supplies now", the release quoted Cooper. While forecasters say it's too soon to determine the exact timing and a possible landfall for the storm, people from SC to the mid-Atlantic region should closely monitor the approaching storm.

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Tropical Storm Florence is now projected to reach the United States East Coast by late in the week as a major hurricane.

A landfall is expected Thursday night or Friday morning along the coast of SC or North Carolina.

The Miami-based weather center said although the storm could intensify to a Category 4 hurricane by midweek, its path was still unclear.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper waived certain transportation restrictions so that farmers could harvest and move crops more quickly.

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Meteorologists are also tracking two tropical storms which formed off the coast of Africa.

Tropical Storm Helene, the eighth named storm of the season, is 155 miles southeast of Cabo Verde, an archipelago nation off the African coast.

The slow-moving storm system could further stall over the region, dumping rain and causing significant flooding, the National Weather Service said.

Both Tropical Storm Isaac and Tropical Storm Helene are expected to reach hurricane strength later today, but neither are considered potential threats.

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