More than one million under evacuation as Hurricane Florence nears Carolinas

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It said that this motion is expected to continue for the next few days.

As astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) saw first-hand on Monday morning, hurricanes Isaac and Helene are trailing behind Florence, making for a trio of powerful storms.

The Miami-based center says the storm's center was located about 410 miles (660 kilometers) south of Bermuda and about 975 miles (1570 kilometers) east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina.

"Florence is moving toward the west near 13 miles per hour".

Correction: A previous version of this story misidentified a photo of hurricane Florence as one of hurricane Helene; astronaut Ricky Arnold did not share a photo of the latter storm on Twitter. It's expected to become at least a Category 3 hurricane before it hits the mainland USA around SC and North Carolina, likely on Friday morning, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Monday.

The United States was hit with a series of high-powered hurricanes previous year, including Hurricane Maria, which killed about 3,000 people in Puerto Rico, and Hurricane Harvey, which killed 68 and caused an estimated $1.25 billion in damage from catastrophic flooding in Houston.

Tropical Storm Florence was upgraded to a hurricane on Sunday morning, and so far the storm is sticking to a path forecasters once considered a worst-case scenario.

Helene is a Category 2 storm that's even farther off the coast than both of the other storms, but it's not expected to ever make landfall.

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National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham warned that Florence was forecast to linger over the Carolinas once it reaches shore. Storms generally form over the equator, where the water temperature is especially high, then move north and west, pushed along by currents in the tropical Atlantic. The state's emergency management agency said it's "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster".

Isaac is expected to be near hurricane strength when it moves through the central Lesser Antilles, with some weakening forecast afterward on Friday. As this system moves slowly northwestward towards the Texas coast mid to late this week, conditions will become more favorable for a tropical depression or storm to develop. "We're just a strip of land - we're a barrier island", she said. Main impacts with these storm are going to life-threatening storm surge, flooding, damaging hurricane-force winds, and risky rip currents along the East Coast. Duke Energy spokesman Ryan Mosier said operators would begin shutting down nuclear plants at least two hours before hurricane-force winds arrive.

It said that maximum sustained winds are near 75 miles per hour with higher gusts and that additional strengthening is expected over the next day or two.

There are no coastal warnings or watches associated with the storm.

Hurricanes require warm ocean water to form, so ocean season comes when the Atlantic Ocean is at its warmest.

No impacts are expected in Northwest Florida yet, but locals and visitors should remain vigilant as we enter the most active part of hurricane season.

Finally, Tropical Storm Isaac has developed east of the Lesser Antilles and is strengthening.