Hurricanes Isaac, Florence continue to pose problems for Caribbean countries

Hurricanes Isaac, Florence continue to pose problems for Caribbean countries

Hurricanes Isaac, Florence continue to pose problems for Caribbean countries

The storm became a hurricane Sunday and is expected to strengthen rapidly over the next few days as it heads toward the East Coast of the U.S.

On top of Irma and Maria, powerful category 4 hurricane Harvey inflicted $125billion worth of damage, mostly from catastrophic flooding in Houston, Texas, between August and September a year ago.

Little change in strength is forecast today, with slight weakening starting tonight and continuing through Tuesday. Florence's effects were already being felt along the U.S. Southeast coast, with risky swells and rip currents in some spots.

RALEIGH, N.C. - Florence rapidly strengthened into a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane on 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.

Evacuations have begun in Dare County, and targeted evacuations along the Neuse, Tar, and Lumber rivers have been considered, said Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry.

The main concern continues to be Florence as the hurricane will be a direct threat to the US later this week.

SC is also bracing for a direct hit.

The tropics have come alive over the weekend with three hurricanes in the Atlantic and an area in the western Caribbean that warrants watching for the state of Texas through this week.


National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham warned that Florence was forecast to linger over the Carolinas once it reaches shore. "Be prepared. Be ready", said Gov. Henry McMaster.

Up to nine hurricanes and four "major" depressions with sustained winds of at least 100mph have been predicted by U.S. government, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Carney wants residents to be prepared in the event DE feels an impact from the storm.

Hurricanes Florence, Isaac and Helene are all gaining strength as they churn through warm waters in the Atlantic Ocean towards eastern USA states and Caribbean islands.

McMaster's declaration is to give the state time to prepare for the possible arrival of a hurricane.

As a result of the ominous storm, states across the East Coast are bracing for landfall with officials in the Carolinas and the Virginias making preparations.

While remains too early to determine which island is at the greatest risk, the Big Island and Maui will be the first areas to experience impacts from Olivia.

As of early Monday, Isaac was about 1,230 miles east 1,305 miles (1,985 km) east of the Windward Islands with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph), the NHC said.

It is expected to approach the Lesser Antilles, in the eastern Caribbean, during the day Thursday, and possibly pass over Dominica as a weak hurricane or tropical storm.

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