'Extremely Dangerous' Florence On Track to Hit East Coast As Major Hurricane

Here's what David Epstein is saying about Hurricane Florence

Florence strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane Sunday morning and is predicted to become a major hurricane by Monday.

The hurricane center said, "All indications are that Florence will be an extremely risky Category 4 hurricane while it moves over the western Atlantic toward the southeastern United States".

Florence may make landfall anywhere from New England to the Carolinas as soon as Thursday as a Category 3 or higher hurricane.

The storm's center was 750 miles southeast of Bermuda at 11 a.m. EDT on Sunday.

The latest projection for the path of the storm, released Sunday, shows the storm track centered on Wilmington, N.C., with forecasters predicting it will be a "dangerous major hurricane" by the time it reaches the coast later in the week.

Unsafe swells generated by Florence were expected to batter Bermuda early in the week, as well as parts of the U.S. Eastern Seaboard.

"These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip currents", the hurricane center said.

Tropical Storm Isaac, which packed sustained winds of 70 miles per hour as of Sunday afternoon, is forecast to grow into a Category 1 hurricane. It is over warm water and a favorable upper level environment so rapid strengthening is forecast and Florence is forecast to be a major hurricane Monday morning.

Further out in the Atlantic, two storms - Helene and Isaac - gained hurricane force on Sunday.

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Florence is moving toward the west near 6 miles per hour (9 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue today.

Elsewhere in the tropics, officials say Tropical Storm Helene is approaching islands off the western coast of Africa.

The hurricane may still intensify into a Category 4 storm before making landfall in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S.

The National Hurricane Center says Isaac has become the fifth hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season.

Gov. Roy Cooper declared a State of Emergency for North Carolina Friday, and Sunday his office sent out a news release urging residents to start taking precautions.

"With this order government agencies will begin to mobilize in anticipation of a hurricane", McMaster said.

All government services will remain in operation today as Hurricane Florence passes to the south of the island.

Navy ships off Virginia's coast are getting ready to sail out of the path of the powerful hurricane and one North Carolina university has cancelled classes.

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