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Three hurricanes churn the Atlantic; 1 could impact East Coast

Three hurricanes churn the Atlantic; 1 could impact East Coast

Florence was expected to blow ashore late Thursday or early Friday, then slow down and wring itself out for days, unloading 1 to 2½ feet of rain that could cause flooding well inland and wreak environmental havoc by washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms.

Hurricane Helene is a Category 2 hurricane with 105 mph winds, and it is located 375 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands, moving 16 mph to the west-northwest.

Officials in Virginia, North Carolina, and SC have issued emergency warnings ahead of Florence's possible landfall.

The storm is moving towards the west at 11km/h, and is forecast to drench a large swath of the US East Coast running from northern Florida to New Jersey.

"Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday", the NHC said in a bulletin.

For many people, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge: If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could bring torrential rains to the Appalachian mountains and as far away as West Virginia, causing flash floods, mudslides and other risky conditions.

Tropical Storm Isaac is nearing hurricane strength and is on a track that will bring it into the Caribbean, with its closest pass to the USVI expected to be 144 miles south of St. Croix on Thursday night.

The United States was hit with a series of high-powered hurricanes a year ago, including Hurricane Maria, which killed about 3,000 people in Puerto Rico, and Hurricane Harvey, which killed 68 and caused an estimated $1.25 billion in damage from catastrophic flooding in Houston.

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Three hurricanes churn the Atlantic; 1 could impact East Coast

At 11 a.m. Monday, Florence was 580 miles southeast of Bermuda, moving west at 13 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

"Further strengthening is anticipated, and Florence is expected to be an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday", the National Hurricane Center said. He said the city's emergency operations center will be partially activated Wednesday and fully activated on Thursday. The state's emergency management agency said it's "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster". The governors of both states declared states of emergency.

Hurricane Florence as seen from the International Space Station on Monday, September 10, 2018. It took Matheson and her husband almost the whole day Monday to drive the 60 miles off the barrier island.

In the Pacific, Olivia became a tropical storm again, on a path to hit the Hawaiian islands early Wednesday.

It was the fifth-most active hurricane season since records began in 1851 and the worst in nearly 100 years, killing an estimated 1,400 people.

"There is an increasing risk of life-threatening impacts from Florence: storm surge at the coast, freshwater flooding from a prolonged and exceptionally heavy rainfall inland and damaging hurricane-force winds", a 5 a.m. advisory said.

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

Maximum sustained winds remain at 75 miles per hour making it a category 1 hurricane. Duke Energy spokesman Ryan Mosier said operators would begin shutting down nuclear plants at least two hours before hurricane-force winds arrive.

Florence has become even stronger over the Atlantic Ocean.

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