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Florence isn’t alone. More tropical storms are brewing

15 September 2018

The center also warned "catastrophic freshwater flooding expected over portions of North and SC".

Screaming winds bent trees toward the ground and raindrops flew sideways as Florence's leading edge whipped the Carolina coast Thursday to begin an onslaught that could last for days, leaving a wide area under water from both heavy downpours and rising seas. "Surge-related flooding can vary greatly over short distances", the advisory said. Expect a high of 95 degrees Friday, 94 degrees Saturday and 95 degrees Sunday.

The cloud system associated with Isaac remains poorly organized and Saint Lucia fell between the rain bands of Isaac, hence the island has thus far not received the expected rainfall.

According to the National Hurricane Center, a burst of deep convection developed Thursday and covered the previously exposed center of Isaac Thursday evening, but there was evidence of northwesterly shear over the cyclone, causing some of the cloud cover to quickly blow off toward the southeast. "Intermittent rain bands are expected on St. Croix as Isaac passes south of the big island".

Hurricane Florence's eye was slightly more than 100 miles from Wilmington, according to a 2 p.m. briefing by the National Hurricane Center. Storm force winds extend 175 miles (280 km) primarily to the north of the centre. The city said two out-of-state FEMA teams were working on swift-water rescues, and more teams were on the way.

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Isaac is forecast to gradually weaken over the next few days and could degenerate into a tropical wave at any time.

Rain chances Friday and Saturday are only at 20 percent after the noon.

Each storm is clearly highlighted on the map and identified with a name, showing that Hurricane Florence is not the only storm looming.

The National Hurricane Center says the waves were measured by satellite. Damaging winds, floods, high surf and storm surge are still possible.

"This storm will bring destruction to North Carolina", Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday morning. "I love hurricanes. But this one has been an experience for me", she said.

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Forecasters worry the storm's damage will be worse if it lingers on the coast. Hurricane preparations should be rushed to completion as soon as possible.

"Little change in strength is expected before the center reaches the coast, with weakening expected after the center moves inland", the briefing said.

National Weather Service officials in Honolulu urged residents to remain careful, noting that the difference between a Category 1 hurricane and a tropical storm is just 5 miles per hour wind speed. "Prepare for long power outages".

"Florence is a large hurricane", the 5 a.m. update on September 13 noted.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin said: "It's an intense area of low pressure heading up towards the United Kingdom bringing some tropical air with it".

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Florence isn’t alone. More tropical storms are brewing