Florence grows into major hurricane as it approaches East Coast

Hurricane Florence

"A big question on this track is how intense the storm remains over the Research Triangle area of North Carolina - Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill", Watson said.

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Rapidly intensifying hurricane expected to remain a category 4 storm until landfall along the Carolinas; Adam Klotz reports from the Fox Extreme Weather Center.

Storms in that part of the ocean usually veer away from the U.S. To the west, a tropical disturbance has developed over the northwest Caribbean Sea.

Since reliable record-keeping began more than 150 years ago, North Carolina has only been hit by one Category 4 hurricane: Hazel, with 130 miles per hour winds in 1954. Forecasters also cautioned that Hurricane Florence will "remain an extremely risky hurricane" as it tracks towards the mainland U.S.

"Further strengthening is anticipated, and Florence is expected to be an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday", the National Hurricane Center said.

Three hurricanes are in the Atlantic basin right now, with Hurricane Florence the primary concern for the east coast of the United States. "Flooding is the deadliest result of these storms". Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall on Thursday and will most heavily impact the coastal states of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. Tropical-storm-force winds (39 miles per hour or higher) could arrive in Barbados and the central Lesser Antilles by mid- to late Wednesday or Thursday morning.

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The storm has prompted the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia to each declare state of emergencies in their states. No doubt evacuation orders will continue over the next few days for cities and town up and down the Coastline in those areas. However, the entire east coast is warned to be on high alert in case the storm's path further shifts, and of course, the impacts will expand far beyond the storm's initial landfall.

Finally, Hurricane Isaac is approximately 1090 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.

NHC spokesman Dennis Feltgen said historically, 90 percent of fatalities from hurricanes, tropical storms and tropical depressions have been caused by water.

Though the NHC can't pinpoint with certainty the exact location and magnitude of the impacts, they said, "interests at the coast and inland from SC into the mid-Atlantic region should closely monitor the progress of Florence, ensure they have their hurricane plan in place, and follow any advice given by local officials".

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.

The Storms in the Atlantic are very risky. "We have already began mobilizing our assets to respond accordingly, and we are here for you!"

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