Florence headed to southeast US while Tropical Storms Isaac and Helene build strength in the Atlantic
A powerful soon to be hurricane Category 3 could make direct landfall in the U.S. East Coast in the coming days as Tropical Storm Florence kept strengthening Saturday in the Atlantic.
Florence is most likely to hit the southeast U.S., possibly the Carolinas, the latest models show. It was about 1,340 miles east of Florida and its path remained unclear five days out from expected landfall.
The storm, which already was the first major hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season, had weakened, but was expected to again become a hurricane imminently, according to an 11 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center. This storm could cause catastrophic wind and flood damage.
Hurricane Florence is forecast by Monday to become a major hurricane, which means at least a Category 3, with winds of 111 to 129 mph.
Two other tropical storms, Isaac and Helene, also are gaining strength in the Atlantic and could become hurricanes in the next few days, though none posed an immediate threat to Florida.
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