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Tropical Storm Florence to turn into hurricane as it heads toward U.S. East Coast

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Tropical Storm Florence is expected to turn into a hurricane later Sunday as it churned across the mid-Atlantic with winds of 70 miles (113 kilometers) per hour toward the U.S. East Coast, where it is expected to make landfall mid-week.

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And another storm, Tropical Storm Isaac spinning farther out in the Atlantic could also become a hurricane by Monday as it gains strength, forecasters with the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami said in an advisory early Sunday.

With an eye on Florence, governors in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina have declared states of emergency, warning residents to prepare for a dangerous storm.

Forecasters at the NHC said Florence would continue to strengthen and “rapid intensification is likely to begin tonight.

The storm’s center was 765 miles southeast of Bermuda at 5 a.m. Sunday. It will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday, and approach the southeastern U.S. coast on Thursday, the NHC said in an advisory.

Swells generated by Florence were affecting Bermuda and starting to reach parts of the U.S. East Coast. They were likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions, according to the NHC.


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