Tropical Storm Isaac, 9th named storm of season, forms in Atlantic

Tropical Storm Isaac, 9th named storm of season, forms in Atlantic

Tropical Storm Isaac, 9th named storm of season, forms in Atlantic

Florence was in the Atlantic about 1,500 miles from the coast and 750 miles from Bermuda, moving west at 6 mph, the center said.

Helene is moving toward the west near 13 miles per hour, and a turn toward the west-northwest is expected on Monday, with a continued west-northwestward motion through Tuesday.

The US-based National Hurricane Centre said: “Florence is forecast to rapidly strengthen to a major hurricane by Monday, and is expected to remain an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday.

The governors of Virginia, North Carolina and SC have declared states of emergency, warning residents to prepare for a risky storm.

Swells generated by Florence were affecting Bermuda and starting to reach parts of the US East Coast.

Norwegian Cruise Line said it had to change the itinerary of a Bermuda-bound ship - adding stops in the Maritimes - because of the storm.

Officials in the Carolinas, as well as Virginia, began preparing Friday for the storm's potential major impact. "Presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of SC".

Hurricane expert Robbie Berg said: "The risk of other direct impacts associated with Florence along the US East Coast next week has increased".

Florence's effects already were being felt in the Carolinas in the form of unsafe ocean swells, life-threatening rip currents and rough waves.


Forecasters expect Florence to become a Category 3 storm again as early as Monday and predict it will continue to get stronger as it approaches the East Coast. McMaster emphasized that there's no way to know yet when and where the storm will hit land, or when evacuations might be called.

Florence had been the first Category 4 hurricane of the Atlantic season, but weakened as it passed through cooler waters.

Florence, now in the Atlantic about 1,500 miles from the coast and 765 miles from Bermuda, strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 75 mph Sunday morning.

Sunday morning, Florence re-gained hurricane strength.

As for Florence, the hurricane center said Saturday morning that "gradual restrengthening is forecast over the weekend".

Virginia and North Carolina and SC already are on alert.

At 5 p.m. Helene was located about 145 miles to the southwest of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands. It will be given the name Isaac.

"I am declaring a state of emergency so that we can begin to prepare state assets, and I encourage Virginians to monitor forecasts and make their own preparations now", Northam said.

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