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Hurricane Florence heads towards US; State Of Emergencies In Place

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Tropical Storm Florence was upgraded to a hurricane on Sunday morning by the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Florence is now classified as a Category 1 hurricane, and is taking aim at the southeastern coast of the U.S.

Governors in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina have all declared states of emergency over the past two days in anticipation of the storm.

Hurricane Florence has winds moving at 75 mph, and is 750 miles southeast of Bermuda, moving west at 6 mph.

The current forecast track brings Hurricane Florence on approach to the southeast U.S. coast on Thursday.

The National Hurricane Center is now saying that there is an increasing risk of storm surge on the coast, and inland flooding due to heavy rainfall. Both are life-threatening impacts.

They are advising “interests along the U.S. East Coast, particularly from North Florida through North Carolina, should closely monitor the progress of Florence, ensure they have their hurricane plan in place and follow any advice given by local officials.”

Isaac next to become hurricane

Moving southeast in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Isaac currently has winds of 50 mph and is moving west at 9 mph. The storm is 1,540 miles east of the Windward Islands. Isaac is forecast to strengthen over the coming days.

The storm is expected to continue moving west in the next few days and become a hurricane by Monday.

Isaac will be near the Lesser Antilles later this week and could bring impacts to parts of the Caribbean Islands during this time frame.



Tyler Barker

Tyler is the Chief Meteorologist & Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. You can find him weekdays at 5, 6, and 11 pm on WOAY-TV. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.com