The storm is packing top winds of 70 miles per hour while tracking to the west at 17 miles per hour.
Tropical weather heated up across the Atlantic Wednesday, prompting alerts throughout the region, from the U.S. East Coast to the Caribbean's Lower Antilles, as two active hurricanes, two named storms and two potential storms brewed.
Winds: 40% - 60% chance of tropical storm force winds (greater than 39 mph), especially Saturday & Sunday.
After forecast models showed steering currents collapsing as the storm nears the Carolina coast Tuesday, forecasters shifted the track slightly south.
The official track has Florence hovering off the southern North Carolina coast from Thursday night until landfall Saturday morning or so, then veering south through SC and Georgia into Monday.
Isaac was moving west Wednesday afternoon at a speed of nearly 17 miles per hour. Its winds could approach Category 5 strength, which means winds of 157 miles per hour (253 kph) or higher. "Heavy and long-lasting rainfall could lead to catastrophic flooding in inland parts of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia".
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A weather warning for wind has been issued ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Helene in the United Kingdom next week, with injuries and danger to life a possibility.
Overnight, Isaac began to fall apart as it encountered increasing atmospheric winds that help shred storms and neared dry air.
Meanwhile in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Olivia was close to Hawaii, where tropical storm warnings and watches are in effect, according to the Pacific Hurricane Center. This hurricane downgraded slightly from a Category 4 to Category 3 hurricane with winds sustained at 115mph.
On another barrier island just below the Bogue Banks, Steve Harrigan reported live from North Topsail Beach, where visitors and residents were largely heeding warnings from Gov. Roy Cooper (D-N.C.) to evacuate.
"It's possible that the west coast of Wales and Cornwall could get some winds as well, but we will get a clearer picture of what to expect very soon".