Hurricane Florence Is Now a Category 3 Storm

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The 11 a.m. Sunday projected path forecast for Hurricane Florence. With Florence expected to be farther north at landfall, we will have no impacts from this storm locally other than large waves. The Windward Islands can anticipate 1- to 2-inches of rain. Maximum sustained winds are around 75mph; strengthening is expected over the next day or two but it's expected to weaken as it approaches the Lesser Antilles. A turn toward the northwest is forecast to occur late Wednesday night.

It is growing more likely that the system will have a direct impact on the Carolinas.

Should Hurricane Isaac begin to grow, islands beyond the Lesser Antilles such as Puerto Rico, Haiti and the Dominican Republic will brace themselves for the possibility of weathering another storm.

The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said Florence, whose maximum sustained winds have already reached 105 miles per hour, will become an "extremely risky hurricane" when it makes landfall.

The black line and dots forecast the track of the center of the storm at a particular point in time, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km). That means, she said, that the Wilmington region is going to be affected by what she said is going to be a major hurricane that could reach category 4 strength, which means maximum sustained winds of 130 to 156 miles per hour.

The main concern continues to be Florence as the hurricane will be a direct threat to the US later this week.

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Watches in effect Tuesday forecast a storm surge of up to 12 feet at high tide from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout in North Carolina.

Florence is still moving slowly, and could become a hurricane soon, the National Weather Center said.

Hurricane Isaac is holding steady at Category 1 strength as it moves in the open Atlantic near the Lesser Antilles. "Flooding is the deadliest result of these storms". Odds are high that this storm avoids any future landfall.

Florence could hit the Carolinas harder than any hurricane since Hazel packed 130 miles per hour (209 kph) winds in 1954.

By Monday morning, it was just outside of the Category 3 storm's predicted path, known as the "cone of uncertainty".

The National Hurricane Center said Hurricane Florence was rapidly intensifying early Monday, and was expected to become an "extremely risky major hurricane" through Thursday. Multiple states have already declared a state of emergency in preparation for the damaging flooding that Florence is likely to bring. The University of North Carolina Wilmington announced it has canceled classes and issued a voluntary evacuation for students starting at noon today.

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