Florence grows into major hurricane as it approaches East Coast

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A Life-threatening storm surge is becoming more likely along the coastline of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia, and a Storm Surge Watch will likely be issued for portions of these areas by Tuesday morning. Spots with the highest risk for rip current formation are breaks in sandbars and near structures like terminal groins, jetties and piers, but beachgoers should stay on alert everywhere. The National Weather Service reminded residents not to focus on the exact forecast track and intensity when planning for Olivia.

Tropical Storm Issac's maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour were just below the hurricane threshold of 74 miles per hour. "Weakening is forecast to begin by the middle of the week as Isaac approaches the Lesser Antilles".

It will continue to remain an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday.

The storm was centered about 750 miles southeast of Bermuda and moving west at 6 mph. The northernmost landfall was made by Hazel, a devastating and deadly storm that struck close to the South Carolina/North Carolina border in October of 1954. "North Carolina is taking Hurricane Florence seriously, and you should too".

Florence's predicted path, as of early Monday morning. "Everyone should start preparing now".

Helene, meanwhile, was still in the Atlantic's spawning ground for hurricanes off the coast of Africa, swirling with 105 mph (165 kmh) winds and forecast to become a major hurricane, about 375 miles (600 kilometers) west of the Cape Verde islands.

It strengthened rapidly last week before it was weakened by wind shear.

The governors of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia have declared emergencies.

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"The chances of it going out to sea are extremely slim at this point", she said.

We'll just have to wait and see where all of them go.

Hurricane Florence will make its way westward, likely toward the Carolinas later this week while Hurricane Isaac moves westward toward the Caribbean.

A photo taken from the International Space Station showed the huge tropical hurricane swirling over the Atlantic Ocean.

Heavy rain could cause severe flooding throughout the region.

The U.S. Navy is also taking precautions, with the U.S. Fleet Forces Command ordering almost 30 ships in the Hampton Roads area of the Virginia coast to head out to sea to avoid the storm.

North Carolina residents similarly need to make their own preparations by stocking up on water, non-perishable foods and batteries, getting medications and important documents in order and clearing debris from their yards, Cooper said.

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