Florence becomes a hurricane, takes aim at US Southeast

TROPICS: Florence to become a hurricane today; TD 9 strengthening

Tropical Storm Isaac is also strengthening over the eastern tropical Atlantic and is expected to become a hurricane by late Sunday.

"A hurricane is coming our way", McMaster said Sunday at a news conference held at the State Emergency Operations Center.

The tropical storm could begin to batter the southeastern USA by late on Wednesday, with Florence possibly making landfall around the Carolinas on Thursday or Friday.

The state of SC is preparing for some level of impact from Hurricane Florence, Gov. Henry McMaster announced Sunday.

The official National Hurricane Center track now brings Florence to the North Carolina coast Thursday evening as a Category 4 Hurricane, near Wilmington, NC.

These swells, already affecting Bermuda, "are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions", the NHC said.

The storm is forecast to continue towards the United States, and approach the southeastern coast by Thursday.

Sunday morning, Florence re-gained hurricane strength.

The storm's center was 750 miles (1,200 km) southeast of Bermuda at 11 a.m. EDT on Sunday.

The NHC in Miami said it is expected to develop into a major storm.

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

On Friday North Carolina declared a state of emergency, and other states along the East Coast are preparing for the storm.

Moving southeast in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Isaac now has winds of 50 miles per hour and is moving west at 9 miles per hour.

The Miami-based center defines a major hurricane as one with wind speed greater than 110 miles per hour.

Florence is expected to become a major hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said. It was moving west at 10 km/h.

The probably path of Hurricane Florence as of September 9, 2018, estimating the landfall of the storm in the Carolinas at Thursday evening or Friday morning. As Florence's path moves closer to the USA coastline in the next week Florence is expected to regain category three hurricane status tonight.

File photo shows hurricane Hermine that made landfall near St Marks, just south of Florida's capital Tallahassee with 80 mile (130 kilometer) per hour winds.

A tropical storm warning and hurricane watch are in effect for the Cabo Verde islands of Santiago, Fogo, and Brava.

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