Hurricane Florence's path: Track the storm here

International Space Station by astronaut Ricky Arnold shows Hurricane Florence over the Atlantic Ocean in the early morning hours of September 6

International Space Station by astronaut Ricky Arnold shows Hurricane Florence over the Atlantic Ocean in the early morning hours of September 6

Last night, The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's hurricane hunter has found that Florence is strengthening, and is forecast to become a major hurricane on Monday.

As of Sunday night, the hurricane was centered in southeast Bermuda and moving west at 7 miles per hour. Florence was moving west-northwest at 13 miles per hour and had maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour.

Almost all of the North Carolina and SC coasts are included in the cone of uncertainty for the storm and the latest model Saturday night showed the storm making landfall in Wilmington.

The center is expected to issue another update Saturday at 11 p.m. The office warned of water ponding on Battleship Road near the U.S.S.

A third storm, Hurricane Helene, was spinning in the Atlantic off West Africa's Cabo Verde Islands with 75-mph (121-kph) winds on Sunday, but did not appear to pose an immediate threat to land. The storm was located roughly 1,170 miles east-southeast of the Cape Fear region, and remained a unsafe Category 4 storm.

- Tropical Storm Florence could affect North Carolina by mid-week if it continues its current path, according to WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss.

Tropical-storm-force winds are expected to start to reach the coast of the Carolinas on Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles.

Category 4 hurricanes reach sustained winds of 130-156 miles per hour and USA Today reported that SC emergency management officials said they were "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster". Helene is expected to go out to sea after passing the Cabo Verde Islands, but Isaac could be on a path to the Caribbean, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria almost a year ago.

A mandatory evacuation was ordered for residents of Hatteras Island and some other areas of Dare County in North Carolina.

Hurricane Florence has the potential to bring catastrophic flooding to areas of the eastern United States already soaked by heavy rain and may be the strongest storm to hit the region in decades.

Florence's predicted path, as of early Monday morning. Are you preparing your home or getting ready to evacuate? So it may shift over the coming days, but if predictions hold, Florence is set to be the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in North Carolina since Hurricane Hugo tore through the state in 1989.

"The chances of it going out to sea are extremely slim at this point", she said.

The storm is expected to make landfall late on Wednesday. "We just happen to be right in the middle".

Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday night.

Red flags have already been flying on beaches, warning swimmers to stay out of the water as seas began kicking up.

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, near the shore, canceled its upcoming alumni weekend and all classes starting at noon Monday, encouraging its students to leave campus for a safer location.

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