'Big and vicious': Hurricane Florence closes in on Carolinas

East Coast Braces For Possible Category 4 Hurricane Florence, Tropical Storm Isaac Develops In Atlantic |

"It's going to destroy homes", said Jeff Byard, an official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. With little wind shear to pull the storm apart, hurricane-strength winds have been expanding to 40 miles (64 kilometers) from the eye of the storm, and tropical-storm-force winds 150 miles from the center. He said the city's emergency operations center will be partially activated Wednesday and fully activated on Thursday.

"On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday, and approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday", the National Hurricane Center said.

In North Carolina, more than 250,00 people are set to be evacuated today from the northern Outer Banks.

While a developed storm would pose more of a threat to coastal Texas, it could still turn into a very risky flooding event for an already-drenched San Antonio.

Meteorologists are also tracking two tropical storms which formed off the coast of Africa. Follow the National Hurricane Center and local authorities for further directives.

"It's not just the coast", Graham said.

"This is going to produce heavy rainfall, and it may not move very fast".

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"As this weather system moves westward across the tropics, warm ocean air rises into the storm, forming an area of low pressure underneath", the NOAA adds.

Locally, a coastal flood advisory has been issued for Flagler County until 8 p.m. Friday, and a high rip-current risk will remain in effect for all of the east coast of Central Florida through Friday.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Isaac now has maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour and is currently westward towards the Lesser Antilles and Eastern Caribbean as of early this morning. A turn toward the northwest is forecast to occur late Wednesday night as it approaches the coast of SC and North Carolina on Thursday.

But that's not all, there are two other disturbances out there as well.

As a rapidly strengthening Hurricane Florence aims at Southeast coast, behind it Hurricane Helene, Tropical Storm Isaac and one other potential tropical storm are all brewing.

Monster storm Mangkhut surpassed Florence's strength on Tuesday, with peak winds of about 260 km/h, and the storm is forecast to strengthen further - closing in on sustained winds of 280 km/h - as it surges toward Hong Kong later this week.

Preparations for Florence were intensifying up and down the densely populated coast. Helene was moving to the west-northwest at 14 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour.

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