Joyce Becomes a Tropical Storm

Joyce forms in the Atlantic

Helene is now in the Atlantic Ocean following behind Hurricane Florence, which was expected to hit the eastern coast of the U.S. late Thursday or early Friday.

That's more than eight stories tall, for reference.

A hurricane hunter with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) flew into the category three Hurricane Florence and reported back Wednesday what he was seeing.

Winds of 40 mph extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km), mainly to the north of the center.

Ocala and Gainesville have a small chance of receiving tropical storm force wind. The storm has 45 miles per hour sustained winds with higher-speed gusts.

Tropical Storm Isaac is moving west in the Caribbean and will regain enough strength to become a hurricane again, forecasters said Tuesday. The hurricane will weaken as it moves over cooler water, and is expected to be downgraded from hurricane to tropical storm status before making the transition to post-tropical storm on Sunday.

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Isaac is forecast to move into the eastern Caribbean Sea on Thursday, and then move across the eastern and central Caribbean Sea through Saturday, the hurricane center said.

The Category 3 storm will near the coast of the Carolinas Friday.

The ocean is moving inland ahead of Florence as storm surge begins to flood the Carolinas coast, according to the NHC.

Florence is now churning through the Atlantic, only a few hundred miles off the coast of Wilmington, N.C. The storm is moving to the northwest at 15 miles per hour and is expected to slow down later today and drift west toward southeastern NC. Some flooding was forecast early in the day for parts of North Florida, but those forecasts were adjusted later to include high swells and minor coastal flooding at high tide.

The public is also advised to take care near to the coastline, with injuries from large waves and beach material being thrown onto the seafront.

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