Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm with 140 miles per hour winds, is expected to make landfall somewhere between North Carolina, South Carolina, and the Mid-Atlantic states on Thursday evening or Friday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). There is increasing concern Florence could slow or even stall as it moves near and then over land.
Immediately to the north of Virginia, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said his state was also was "preparing for the potential of historic, catastrophic and life-threatening flooding". It could become a tropical depression or perhaps Tropical Storm Joyce and will likely bring rain to the Texas coast or spots west of the New Orleans area. With winds of over 105mph, Florence is category 2 hurricane.
That said, much of the long-term forecast for Isaac was uncertain, the National Hurricane Center said Tuesday.
Closest to home for many Canadians, the active Atlantic has been capturing attention this week, as the destructive Hurricane Florence roars toward the coast of the southern United States.
Isaac is a strong tropical storm with 60kt sustained winds, now about 675 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.
"Meteorologists don't see any environmental factors that would help to weaken the storm", Weather Channel meteorologist Dale Eck said in an interview today.
"On the forecast track, Isaac is anticipated to move near or over the central Lesser Antilles on Thursday and move into the eastern Caribbean Sea later on Thursday night", the NHC said.
Ahead of Florence's arrival, barrier islands were already seeing risky rip currents and seawater flowed over a state highway - the harbinger of a storm surge that could wipe out dunes and submerge entire communities.
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This storm is lined up behind Florence in the Atlantic.
Abbott also urged "all Texans" to take precautions for the storm. Its center will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said.
In the village of Buxton, Liz Browning Fox plans to ride the storm out in her house on top of a ridge.
We'll just have to wait and see where all of them go. "Already we're getting some overwash, the ocean is coming over 12", she said, referring to the islands' main road.
Hurricane Helene has increased in strength with speeds of 110 miles per hour, but the storm is expected to move northwest and away from the Caribbean islands. "There is no way to be completely safe".
"I'm telling them to go inland, but I'm anxious about the rain and tornadoes too", Roberts said.