Hurricane Florence: 4 storm-related deaths reported

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Isaac is expected to move south of Jamaica as a tropical depression over the weekend, producing unstable weather conditions, according to Meteorological Service Jamaica.

NOAA satellite photo taken at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday shows Tropical Storm Isaac, right, on the doorstep of the Antilles, while Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm, takes aim at the US east coast.

NHC forecasters say that a slow southwestward motion is expected for the next couple of days.

A wind gust at the Wilmington airport was clocked at 105 miles per hour (nearly 170 kph), the highest since Hurricane Helene in 1958. Although Olivia is expected to move over the islands as a tropical storm, it could still bring worse impacts than recent Hurricane Lane to some areas, the center said.

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Today , Florence was centred about 1,985 kilometres east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina , and moving west at 20 km/h. The storm may affect thousands this week in the southeastern USA , including North Carolina , South Carolina and Virginia .

"Isaac has become less organized and is now a weak Tropical Storm".

It is predicted the Carolinas could begin feeling tropical storm force winds early Thursday.

Hurricane Helene is forecast to weaken over the eastern Atlantic Ocean, and interests in the Azores islands should monitor the storm's progress.

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa said he hoped the effects of the storm would be limited. "We should also continue to keep our brothers and sisters located in the Carolinas in our thoughts and prayers as Hurricane Florence approaches their area". The biggest threats from Hurricane Florence are life-threatening storm surge, devastating flash-flooding, and hurricane-force winds.

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Some pockets of moderate to heavy showers and occasional gusty winds are likely into Friday, with possible rainfall accumulations of one (1) to two (2) inches.

At 9 a.m. the center of the hurricane was about 55 miles (90 kilometers) east of Myrtle Beach.

Storm Helene is now speeding northward towards the Azores Islands in the mid-Atlantic, and the Met Office expects it to bring very strong winds to western parts of the United Kingdom and Ireland on Monday evening.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence will eventually break up over the southern Appalachians and make a right hook to the northeast, its rainy remnants moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England by the middle of next week.

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McMaster said storm surge could reach as high as 10 feet (3 meters) and estimates 1 million residents will be leaving the coast. Many newcomers have moved to the coast in the almost 19 years since the last strong hurricane - Floyd - threatened the area.

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