Hurricane Florence strengthens to Category 2 storm

Here's what David Epstein is saying about Hurricane Florence

In the meantime, the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states are rushing to prepare for the rapidly strengthening Florence, which is expected to strengthen before it hits the US east coast later this week.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper also urged his state's residents to get ready, noting the storm already was generating swelling waves and unsafe currents along the coast.

"All indications are that Florence will be an extremely unsafe Category 4 hurricane while it moves over the western Atlantic toward the southeastern United States", the Miami-based hurricane centre said.

The US National Hurricane Center has warned that winds could reach 130 miles per hour, turning Florence into a fearsome category 4 storm.

As of Sunday afternoon, hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 25 miles from Florence's center, while tropical storm winds extended up to 125 miles. It will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Wednesday and Thursday, before approaching the southeastern USA coast, the NHC said in an advisory.

Hurricane Florence appears to be taking aim at the largest U.S. Marine Corps base on the East Coast.

Loewenthal said the area should prepare to see impacts, including rough surf and risky rip currents, as early as Sunday.

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.

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

Meanwhile, the two other tropical storms in the Atlantic - Florence and Helen - are expected to become hurricanes today.

Three hurricanes are churning in the Atlantic Ocean, with Hurricane Florence, now a Category 2 storm, setting its sights on the Southeast coastline of the U.S.

Hurricane Isaac is holding steady in strength over the Atlantic.

There are no coastal watching or warnings in effect for Isaac right now. It was moving west at 10 km/h. "Florence could become a major hurricane by Monday", the NHC said.

Tropical Storm Florence has intensified into a hurricane, threatening to slam the East Coast later this week.

The state of SC is preparing for some level of impact from Hurricane Florence, Gov. Henry McMaster announced Sunday. Additional strengthening is expected during the next few days and Helene is forecast to become a hurricane on Sunday.

Meanwhile, forecasters were also tracking two more storms further out in the Atlantic on Sunday.

"A hurricane is coming our way", McMaster said Sunday at a news conference held at the State Emergency Operations Center.

As of 5 p.m. Sunday, Isaac was located 1,470 miles east of the Windward Islands and moving west at 12 mph.

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