The tropics: Florence gains strength (140-mph winds) as it targets the Southeast coast by Friday morning. Plus: Helene, Isaac now hurricanes.

The tropics: Florence gains strength (140-mph winds) as it targets the Southeast coast by Friday morning. Plus: Helene, Isaac now hurricanes.

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The peak part of hurricane season is exactly that this year. Three hurricanes are in the Atlantic with at least two — Florence and Isaac — likely to dominate headlines for the next seven to 10 days.

Florence: (for more)

  • The latest: Monday morning, the storm had winds of 140 mph and was growing. It was moving toward the west-northwest at 13 mph. The current forecast: Continued strengthening with landfall likely between the Carolinas by early Friday.
  • Immediate impact: Swells generated by Florence are affecting Bermuda and portions of the U.S. East Coast. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
  • About Northwest Georgia: We’re on the edge of chart estimating tropical storm-force winds (39 mph or higher).  The hazardous weather forecast for later in the week shows: “The weather hazards for Thursday through Sunday, if any, will greatly depend on the track of Hurricane Florence. Florence is forecast to become a major urricane as it moves across the western Atlantic Tuesday and beyond, and looks to threaten the coastal areas of North and South Carolina. After landfall, there is some possibility the remnants of Florence could affect the southern Appalachians. Please see map below.

 

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About Helene, Isaac:

About Helene:  Winds: 105 mph. Monday morning, the center of Hurricane Helene was located near latitude 14.3 North, longitude 28.9 West. Helene is moving toward the west-northwest near 17 mph and this motion is expected to continue for another couple of days. A turn to the northwest is forecast to occur on Wednesday. For more.

About Isaac:  Winds: 75 mph (minimal hurricane). Also this  morning, the center of Hurricane Isaac was located near latitude 14.7 North, longitude 42.7 West. Isaac is moving toward the west near 13 mph. A westward motion with a slight increase in forward speed is forecast through the end of the week. On the forecast track, Isaac is forecast to move across the Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea on Thursday. For more.

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