Georgians urged to prepare for Florence

Here's what David Epstein is saying about Hurricane Florence

The National Hurricane Center is predicting Florence could be a Category Storm 4 with winds of 130 miles per hour by Tuesday, causing South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia to declare states of emergency.

Florence strengthened to Category 1 hurricane Sunday morning as the storm charted an uncertain path toward the Unites States' East Coast.

Issac is expected to gain strength in the next days, but then weaken by the middle of the week when it approaches the Caribbean.

The US navy has ordered ships at its major base in Hampton Roads, Virginia, base to put to sea, saying "the forecasted destructive winds and tidal surge are too great to keep the ships in port".

Norwegian Dawn, with a guest capacity of 2,300, was originally supposed to travel to Bermuda, but swept into Halifax on Sunday morning instead - an itinerary change thanks to hurricane Florence.

Based off the latest forecast track from the NHC, Florence will approach the southeast US coast by Thursday.

The state of SC is preparing for some level of impact from Hurricane Florence, Gov. Henry McMaster announced Sunday.

The governors of North and SC and Virginia have already declared states of emergency, but winds and flooding caused by Florence could do serious damage even if it remains offshore.

Large swells generated by Florence are already affecting Bermuda and portions of the East Coast and will continue this week.

The tropics are very active on the peak of hurricane season, with three hurricanes and another system swirling in the tropics.

Florence's maximum sustained winds jumped from 75 to 85 miles per hour as its speed increased from 7 to 8 miles per hour, the hurricane center said.

A tropical storm watch has been issued for Hawaii, Maui and Oahu.

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.

The storm's center was 720 miles (1,160 km) southeast of Bermuda at 5 p.m. EDT on Sunday, and on a track to pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Wednesday, the NHC said.

The forecast showed Isaac tracking south of Puerto Rico as it strengthened into a hurricane.

Swells generated by Florence could cause unsafe rip currents and coastal flooding Saturday in areas including coastal DE and New Jersey, the National Weather Service said. Now the Carolinas and Virginia are included in the forecast cone for potential severe impacts.

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