Florence isn't the only one. There are more hurricanes brewing

Florence isn't the only one. There are more hurricanes brewing

Florence isn't the only one. There are more hurricanes brewing

"Probably worst case scenario is next weekend, maybe Saturday and Sunday, we get some remnants of it, but it's really hard to say", says Bill Simpson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in MA", who refers to what's coming our way as at best "a minimal impact".

Large swells affecting Bermuda and portions of the U.S. East Coast will continue this week.

Where is the hurricane now?

Forecasters said early Monday afternoon that data indicated Florence has maximum sustained winds near 130 miles per hour and a minimum central pressure of 946 millibars (27.93 inches).

The powerful Hurricane Florence threatened to bring "days and days" of rain and potentially deadly flooding to the USA southeast coast, North Carolina's governor warned on Tuesday, as some 1 million people were ordered to evacuate their homes. The storm, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), is rapidly strengthening and an apparent eye has developed, approximately 10-nautical-miles wide. "Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes", reads the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

"Florence is expected to be an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday", the NHC said in a bulletin.

What else should I know?

Virginia, and North and SC have declared states of emergency and authorities as far north as New Jersey are warning people along the coast to take precautions, including for the possibility of flooding rains far inland.

The governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia declared states of emergency over the weekend.

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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said in a statement on Sunday: "Review your emergency plans and gather your supplies now".

I'll have more on Florence later today. There is the added possibility that the storm will slow after landfall, bringing sustained torrential rainfall and the potential for catastrophic flooding. It was not immediately clear how many people were being evacuated.

Drawing energy from the warm water, it could have top sustained winds of 130 miles per hour or more by Tuesday, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said. Forecasters say that because of the size the storm is expected to attain, it will wreak havoc regardless of how strong its winds are.

It would be the first Category 3 or higher storm to hit the East Coast since Hurricane Jeanne struck Florida in 2004.

Navy ships off Virginia's coast were preparing to sail out of the path, a North Carolina university has already canceled classes and people have begun stocking up on plywood, bottled water and other supplies.

The Charlotte region has a better than 50 percent chance of seeing tropical storm-force winds (between 39 and 73 mph) later this week, according to the latest forecasts from the National Hurricane Center. Of the two other storms, which remain far from land, Isaac poses the most immediate risk.

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