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Lamar Ellis
September 15, 2018

Tropical Storm Isaac is also worth paying attention to, but the news as of Wednesday is encouraging. "Heed those warnings and evacuate if you're in one of the zones".

Florence, however, continues to threaten the east coast as a fierce storm that could trigger flooding as far south as Georgia.

But for Isaac, conditions in the Caribbean Sea don't seem to be there to promote longevity.

With the ground already saturated from recent rain, another drenching from Florence combined with winds could easily lead to trees being uprooted and widespread power outages, he said.

Met Eireann has said: At this time of year the Atlantic hurricane season is in full swing.

Additional watches and warnings may be issued, so stay tuned.

Gov. Henry McMaster has ordered evacuations in counties along the state's coast, including Charleston. More than 10,000 people were left homeless.

Tecklenburg said his flood-prone city is preparing for "copious rain" by clearing out the city's drainage system and getting boats and portable pumps ready.

National Weather Service officials in Honolulu urged residents to remain careful, noting that the difference between a Category 1 hurricane and a tropical storm is just 5 miles per hour wind speed.

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That's saying a lot, given the impacts from Hurricanes Diana, Hugo, Fran, Bonnie, Floyd, and Matthew.

Two high pressure ridges are still expected to be strong enough to force Florence to stall just before, or after, it makes landfall somewhere near the North Carolina/South Carolina border early Friday.

Maximum sustained winds were nearly 85 miles per hour Monday morning, the hurricane center said.

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A unsafe Hurricane Florence is steadily making its way to the U.S. East Coast.

Indirect hit: Generally refers to areas that do not receive a direct hit from a tropical cyclone but do experience hurricane force winds or tides of at least 4 feet above normal. The National Weather Service is warning residents of the South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia coastlines that life-threatening storm surge is "highly likely", with water levels predicted to reach 9-13 feet in some areas.

As of 11 a.m., Florence was located at 33.4 N, 75.5 W, about 145 miles (230 km) ESE of Wilmington, North Carolina, and about 195 miles (315 km) east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami said that motion is expected over the next couple days, and Isaac is forecast to move over the eastern and central Caribbean Sea during the next few days. Hurricane Katrina (2005) is a prime example of this devastation.

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