Hurricane Florence, Category 4 storm

Tropics erupt as Florence, Helene and Isaac all churn in the Atlantic

Tropics erupt as Florence, Helene and Isaac all churn in the Atlantic

Olivia's maximum sustained winds are about 60 miles per hour, after the storm weakened from Category 1 strength, forecasters said.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said an estimated 1 million people would be fleeing his state's coast, with eastbound Interstate 26 heading into Charleston and US 501 heading into Myrtle Beach reversed to ease the exodus.

Once it makes landfall, Florence is predicted to stall and remain over North Carolina for at least 24 hours - increasing the threat of unsafe flooding, NHC director Ken Graham said on Monday.

Some areas could exceed 30 inches of rain from the storm.

Helene, meanwhile, was still in the Atlantic's spawning ground for hurricanes off the coast of Africa, swirling with 105 mph winds and forecast to become a major hurricane, about 375 miles west of the Cape Verde islands.

As of Monday night, there are three hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean. Florence continues to send swell to the East Coast and parts of the Caribbean. While people on the ground are preparing for floods, high winds and surging waves, satellites and astronauts in orbit are looking down on the storm from above, and the views are startling.

The storm is expected to produce 3 to 5 inches of rain across Martinique, Dominica, and Guadeloupe, with near 10 inches possible in isolated areas, forecasters said.

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Hurricane watches have been issued for the majority of the South and North Carolina coasts.

States of emergency were declared by Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser for the nation's capital; requested by Virginia's governor; and approved by President Donald Trump for North and SC.

FEMA administrator Brock Long is warning that the hurricane will be a "devastating event" and urging Americans to evacuate if they've been asked to leave their homes. Trump also cancelled a MS rally on Friday, citing the storm. Moving west-northwest near 17 miles per hour with a turn to the northwest expected on Wednesday, Helene is not expected to pose any threat to land. The NHC expects Isaac to weaken as it approaches the Caribbean.

If Invest 95L becomes a tropical storm or hurricane, the next name on the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane names list is Tropical Storm Joyce or Hurricane Joyce. At 5am Monday, Isaac was moving toward the west at around 13mph and was expected to arrive in the eastern Caribbean Sea on Thursday.

The U.S. Navy said it was sending almost 30 ships from coastal Virginia out of port to ride out the storm.

The NHC added that Florence, which reached major hurricane status several days ago but weakened into a tropical storm, now has an eye.

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