Hurricane Florence continues to strengthen

Here's what David Epstein is saying about Hurricane Florence

The National Hurricane Center reclassified Florence as a hurricane in its 11 a.m. report while also issuing advisories in the Atlantic for two other tropical storms expected to become hurricanes: Isaac and Helene.

The governors of Virginia, North Carolina and SC have declared states of emergency, warning residents to prepare for a risky storm.

"Florence is forecast to rapidly strengthen to a major hurricane by Monday night, and is expected to remain an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday", the advisory added. At this point, landfall may occur anywhere from SC to North Carolina and the storm may be a Category 3 or 4 storm at that time.

Florence was producing large swells expected to reach from the northern Caribbean to the southern coasts of Canada´s Maritime provinces.

Considered extremely risky and powerful, forecasters warned that Florence could bring with it an increased risk of two life-threatening impacts: storm surge along the coast and freshwater flooding from prolonged rains, the hurricane centre said.

Florence had maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, and was about 1,000 miles away from Bermuda as of 5 a.m.

Tropical Storm Florence is becoming a "better organized" weather system that will likely strengthen into a hurricane late Saturday, weather forecasters said.

"We are going to see a huge impact in the way of storm surge, damaging wind and inland flooding".

Hurricane season reaches its peak on September 10-11.

Hurricane Isaac is spinning west through the tropical Atlantic Ocean.

Hurricane Florence is strengthening and now has sustained winds of 90 miles per hour. It was about 1,500 miles from the easternmost Caribbean islands on Sunday and may become a hurricane by Monday.

Tropical Depression #9 has developed into Tropical Storm Isaac.

While forecasters said it is too early to predict the hurricane's path, it warned that it could roll ashore in the Carolinas by Thursday.

No impacts are expected in Northwest Florida yet, but locals and visitors should remain vigilant as we enter the most active part of hurricane season.

Isaac may be a tropical storm or a hurricane near the Lesser Antilles late this week.

"Make your plans now", South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster urged residents during a Sunday afternoon news conference.

The governors of both North and SC have declared states of emergency.

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