Tropical Storm Helene forms in eastern Atlantic

Hurricane Florence tracker and spaghetti models

"I think this is very Harvey-esque", said University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy. He said North Carolina is "bracing for a hard hit" in what forecasters say will be a statewide event.

Cooper's emergency declaration makes it possible to waive the state's transportation rules so North Carolina farmers can harvest and transport their crops to market faster.

Advisories warning of risky beach conditions or coastal flooding were in effect for parts of New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Mandatory evacuation orders also were issued for more than 50,000 people from Hatteras and Ocracoke, the southernmost of North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier islands.

On Friday, North Carolina declared a state of emergency.

Tropical Depression 9 is located in the Atlantic Ocean and is moving westward.

Large swells are expected to pound Bermuda and the U.S.'s East Coast.

Florence rapidly strengthened into a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane Monday as it closed in on North and SC, carrying winds and water that could wreak havoc over a wide stretch of the eastern United States later this week. It was moving west at 6 miles per hour.

The storm's winds will be at 74 miles per hour to 110 miles per hour when it reaches hurricane status. "That is a sign of a strengthening hurricane".

Tropical Storm Helene formed late Friday night off the coast of Africa, one of three storms - two named - now in the Atlantic. The last was Hurricane Fran in 1996, which came ashore near Wilmington.

Maps of the storm's trajectory showed it likely to come ashore somewhere near the border of North Carolina and SC.

"However, given the uncertainty in track and intensity forecasts at those time ranges", the National Hurricane Center tweeted, "it's too soon to determine the exact timing, location, and magnitude of those impacts".

Do you have a plan if the storm targets your area? In the Atlantic there are three named storms, with Florence likely posing a threat to the east coast later this week. People in coastal communities are taking all precautions.

The storm's center was on track to pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Wednesday, the NHC said.

The hurricane's path was still far from certain Monday. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma past year were both Category 4 storms when they arrived in Texas and Florida, respectively. The center warns that such storms will snap or uproot most trees and down power poles and that power can be out in some areas for weeks or months. "10.html">the school said in a statement posted online.

Tropical storm Florence is becoming a "better organized" weather system that will likely strengthen into a hurricane late on Saturday, weather forecasters said.

National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham warned that Florence was forecast to slow down significantly and linger over the Carolinas once it reaches shore, dropping heavy rainfall as far as West Virginia.

Its maximum sustained winds are at 105 miles per hour (165 kmh). Hugo in 1989 was the one before that and was a Category 4 at landfall.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence was at Category 4 strength and will produce extremely unsafe conditions for land in its path.

Tropical Storm Isaac, with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph (100 km/hr) on Sunday, was about 1,500 miles east of the Windward Islands, forecasters said. It was heading west at nine km/h.

Isaac is forecast to become a hurricane by Sunday evening or Monday.

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