Three Hurricanes Currently In Atlantic Ocean

Tropics erupt as Florence, Helene and Isaac all churn in the Atlantic

The implications of a major landfalling hurricane are devastating. It was a potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm but was expected to keep drawing energy from the warm water and intensify to near Category 5, which means winds of 157 miles per hour (253 kph) or higher. We have several storms to track in the Atlantic and another one in the Pacific heading towards Hawaii.

Hurricane Florence is set to bear down on the East Coast by Thursday night, potentially as a Category 4 hurricane. This could lead to historic flooding along the coast.

According to N.H.C., at 5:00 a.m. today the center of Tropical Storm Isaac was located near latitude 14.6 North, longitude 48.1 West. Isaac is moving toward the west near 14 miles per hour (22 km/h).

Meanwhile, Hurricane Florence was 580 miles south, south east of Bermuda with winds of 115 mph and strengthening into a major storm. The estimated minimum central pressure is 997 mb (29.44 inches). Coastal evacuations were in effect for Virginia and North Carolina as well.

FEMA administrator Brock Long is warning that the hurricane will be a "devastating event" and urging Americans to evacuate if they've been asked to leave their homes.

The Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Service has issued a tropical storm watch for Antigua and Montserrat.

Interests from SC through coastal Virginia should continue to pay close attention to future forecasts.

Two other storms were spinning in the Atlantic.

Several meteorologists said Florence could do what Hurricane Harvey did past year over Texas, dumping days of rain, although not quite as bad.

For Central Florida, Florence will bring significant wave activity along our Atlantic coast, a unsafe high rip current threat and possible coastal erosion due to the crashing waves.

The storm is expected to produce 3 to 5 inches of rain across Martinique, Dominica, and Guadeloupe, with near 10 inches possible in isolated areas, forecasters said.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says that Hurricane Isaac is located about 1150 miles east of the Windward Islands. Hurricane Isaac was expected to lose strength as it reaches the Caribbean, and Helene, much farther out to sea, may veer northward into the open ocean as the 2018 hurricane season reaches its peak.

Although Isaac has weakened, NHC warned as it gets closer to the Lesser Antilles, it could bring strong winds and heavy rain.

There is great uncertainty regarding Isaac, so we encourage you to check back often for updates. A storm surge of 2 to 4 feet above normal levels is also anticipated.

Many newcomers have moved to the coast in the almost 19 years since the last strong hurricane - Floyd - threatened the area. It is not a threat to the United States.

An area of showers and storms moving into the Gulf of Mexico will have a high chance of development (70%) by Thursday.

Although it wouldn't threaten Florida, interests in coastal Texas and Louisiana are encouraged to watch the progress of this system.

Hurricane Isaac is holding steady in strength over the Atlantic.

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