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Intensifying Hurricane Florence could strike US Southeast

Florence expected to regain strength TROPICS: Florence to become a hurricane today; TD 9 strengthening
Stacy Houston | 10 September, 2018, 12:05

The storms are two of three hurricanes now spinning in the Atlantic.

The NHC predicts it could become a major hurricane by Monday and remain that way through Thursday.

If Florence continues on its current forecast track, life-threatening conditions will be possible in North Carolina and SC at the end of next week with unsafe storm surge and strong winds possible, in addition to flooding that would impact the coasts and areas further inland. Carnival Cruise Line is tracking Hurricane Florence to make sure the fleet keeps far away and everyone stays safe during their cruise vacation.

Isaac strengthened into a hurricane Sunday night, hours after Helene, too, became a hurricane.

Gov. Henry McMaster told a news conference Sunday that people should "pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of SC and is going to go way inshore".

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Florence is expected to become a major hurricane Monday and remain extremely risky and powerful as it nears the U.S. Atlantic coast on Thursday.

Met Service said neither of the storms are a threat to Jamaica. Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune urged people to secure their homes but said it was too early to know if evacuations will be ordered.

Florida-based Carnival Cruise Line re-routed its cruise ships.

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Carnival Pride has also been forced to alter its September 9 sailing out of Baltimore. The ship was originally set to visit the popular eastern Caribbean destination on Sunday but to make sure the second Vista class ship makes it back to New York City as normal a call to Amber Cove is replacing it instead. It is expected to arrive in NY on September 13.

Authorities in the Carolinas are warning residents to prepare for a potential disaster as Hurricane Florence gains strength ahead a potential landfall later in the week.

"Make your plans now", South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster urged residents during a news conference on Sunday.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said in a statement Sunday that coastal and inland residents alike need to get ready for potentially heavy rainfall and flooding from the storm.

McMaster said he had asked President Donald Trump to declare a federal emergency in SC in anticipation of the storm's arrival.

On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday, and approach the southeastern United States coast on Thursday.

Florence is not now expected to impact metro Atlanta, as the storm is now forecast to remain northeast of the area.

Tropical storm-force winds are winds of at least 39 miles per hour. It was moving west at 6 miles per hour.

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