Tracking the tropics: Three hurricanes brewing in the Atlantic

Overview of the tropical storms currently stirring in the Atlantic

Overview of the tropical storms currently stirring in the Atlantic

Olivia could weaken into a strong tropical storm within 48 hours, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu.

The United States was hit with a series of high-powered hurricanes past year, including Hurricane Maria, which killed about 3,000 people in Puerto Rico, and Hurricane Harvey, which killed 68 and caused an estimated $1.25 billion in damage from catastrophic flooding in Houston.

The core of Florence is expected to stay to the north of our area.

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

Those impacts could be felt in Beaufort County, and local and state officials have urged residents to prepare. He said the city's emergency operations center will be partially activated Wednesday and fully activated on Thursday.

In their forecast discussion, the BWS said, "Moderate east-southeasterly winds Tuesday morning will gradually increase moderate to strong in the evening as Hurricane Florence - by then expected to be a category 4 storm, passes it's closest point of approach 300nm to our south". McMaster on Sunday predicted Florence will likely deliver "a strong hit on SC", though he cautioned that it's still uncertain how bad the Palmetto State will be affected.

None of the hurricanes now pose a threat to the Cayman Islands. Flash floods are possible.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Weather Prediction Center forecasts as much as 20 inches (50 centimeters) of rain, if not more, for parts of North Carolina. Rivers are high, and the storm will be moving slowly when it arrives, exacerbating the danger, Rossi told USA TODAY.

Hurricane season runs through November 30.

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Isaac is a "tiny tropical cyclone", the NHC said, and that size couple with an environment of low shear and warm sea surface temperatures, could lead to rapid development over the next 36 to48 hours.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says that Hurricane Isaac is located about 1150 miles east of the Windward Islands.

Vessels that can't leave port will prepare by a variety of means, from adding mooring and storm lines to dropping anchor and disconnecting shore power cables.

As a rapidly strengthening Hurricane Florence aims at Southeast coast, behind it Hurricane Helene, Tropical Storm Isaac and one other potential tropical storm are all brewing.

Preparations intensified up and down the densely populated coast. "With time, the wind pushes the water into every nook and cranny you can think of", Graham said.

"I've been doing this since 1983", Roberts said as he completed an order for another 18-wheeler full of supplies. Roberts said he's telling them to get out of town.

Paula Matheson of Springfield, Oregon, got the full Southern experience during her 10-week RV vacation: hot weather, good food, handsome beaches and, now, a hurricane evacuation. The Category 4 storm destroyed 15,000 buildings and killed 19 people in North Carolina. And out here we're so fragile. "We're just a strip of land - we're a barrier island", she said.

Liz Browning Fox was planning to ride out the storm nevertheless on the Outer Banks. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster also suspended his campaign and asked President Donald Trump for a federal emergency declaration.

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