Major hurricane heading towards the US

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

Hurricane Florence Strengthens, Poses Major Threat to Southeast and Mid-Atlantic

In an average season, the Atlantic Basin will experience 12 tropical storms, six hurricanes, and two major hurricanes.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit Tuesday urged citizens to be "fully prepared'" as Dominica was placed on a hurricane watch despite Hurricane Isaac being downgraded to a strong tropical storm.

Florence, the most intense of the three has reached Category 4 status and will likely continue to strengthen as it moves over the warm waters heading for landfall on the East Coast later this week.

The Aqua satellite was just one view from space of the increasingly alarming hurricane activity. NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold, now on board the International Space Station, shared a fresh look at Florence from above on Monday. You can clearly see the dimple at the center of the swirling clouds in Arnold's images.

There are three hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center.

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Large swells could be generated and cause damage in some parts of the state, which survived brushes with hurricanes Hector and Lane in recent weeks.

The black line and dots forecast the track of the center of the storm at a particular point in time, according to the National Hurricane Center.

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. - The National Hurricane Center's next update on Hurricane Florence won't be posted until 5 p.m., but the National Weather Services's Wilmington office is reminding people to stay cautious at local beaches.

Helene is a Category 2 hurricane that's blowing winds between 96-110 miles per hour. A "Hurricane Hunter" aircraft recorded maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour.

At 11 a.m. the centre of Tropical Storm Isaac was located near latitude 14.6 North, longitude 49.7 West. Isaac is moving toward the west near 16 miles per hour (26 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue for the next few days.

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The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says Hurricane Helene is now located about 375 miles west of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands.

Initial predictions didn't quite pan out this year - so far, we've had nine named storms and five hurricanes.

Some officials have already begun taking early precautions.

The governors of North and SC and Virginia declared states of emergency far ahead of the approaching storm.

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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