Florence expected to become a 'major hurricane' as it heads to US

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"A westward motion with a slight increase in forward speed is expected through the end of the week".

The Miami-based center said in its 5 a.m. advisory that Florence was about 625 miles southeast of Bermuda, moving west northwest at 9 mph.

Hurricane Florence, meanwhile, is still forecast to strike North Carolina and SC on September 13.

The storm is moving slowly towards the west at 9 miles per hour with winds of 65 miles per hour.

Hurricane watches have been issued for the majority of the South and North Carolina coasts. It's expected to become at least a Category 3 hurricane before it hits the mainland USA around SC and North Carolina, likely on Friday morning, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Monday.

In Guam, Typhoon Mangkhut - a Category 4 storm - narrowly missed dealing a direct blow to the island.

This year, forecasters fear Florence could be the first hurricane to bring similar levels of death and devastation.

The National Hurricane Center says the storm system nearing the Gulf could become a tropical depression later this week and affect parts of Texas, Louisiana and northeastern Mexico. As of right now, Helen is expected to take a hard northward turn in the coming days and then sputter in the open Atlantic. The state's emergency management agency said it is "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster".

There are three hurricanes and a tropical wave in the Atlantic Ocean, and forecasters predict Hurricane Florence will make landfall later this week.

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"Isaac is a small hurricane and uncertainty in the forecast is greater than normal", the National Hurricane Center reported Monday at 11 a.m. "Don't get complacent just because you live inland!"

"There is an increasing risk of two life-threatening impacts from Florence: Storm surge at the coast and freshwater flooding from a prolonged heavy rainfall event inland", the National Hurricane Center said Sunday.

The U.S. Navy said it was sending almost 30 ships from coastal Virginia out of port to ride out the storm.

A warm ocean gives hurricanes their fuel, and Florence is moving over an area with water temperatures nearing 85 degrees, hurricane specialist Eric Blake wrote.

Hurricane conditions are possible within the hurricane watch area by Thursday morning, with tropical storm conditions possible early Thursday in both the hurricane and tropical storm watch areas.

There are three hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said his state is "in the bullseye" and urged people to "get ready now".

Isaac, meanwhile, is a Category 1 hurricane with 75 miles per hour winds and is moving west at 14 miles per hour.

Issac delivers swell to the Lesser Antilles as it approaches the islands and also enhances trade winds around the northeast Caribbean, helping to send swell to some of the northern coasts as well.

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