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5 a.m. update: Hurricane Florence continues to approach Southeast coast

5 a.m. update: Hurricane Florence continues to approach Southeast coast

Isaac is forecast to gradually weaken over the next few days, and could degenerate into a tropical wave during that time. We have several storms to track in the Atlantic and another one in the Pacific heading towards Hawaii.

The turbulent weather is coming off the back of one of number of major storms now raging in the Atlantic, another of which, Hurricane Florence, has caused mass evacuations on the east coast of United States this week.

Tropical Storm Isaac, which passed between the Caribbean island nations of Dominica and Martinique late Wednesday and early Thursday, is now moving nearly due west across the eastern Caribbean Sea.

Meanwhile, tropical storm Joyce continues its advance through the southwest Atlantic with maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour, although it does not represent a threat to populated areas.

Puerto Rico is predicted to be lashed by strong winds accompanying Isaac by Thursday evening.




"Please keep in mind that the difference between a Cat 1 and a TS is only 5mph!" the National Weather Service office in Honolulu said.

At noon, The National Hurricane Center issued hurricane watches for Dominica, Guadeloupe, and Martinique while a tropical storm watch was issued for Antigua and Montserrat. The warnings from officials will be important to follow when Isaac reaches the islands.

The storm was moving northwest on Tuesday but was expected to turn north and then possibly even east as it progressed. Florence is getting most of the headlines, these days (and rightfully so). Florence could strengthen a bit further before landfall as it moves over the very warm waters of the Gulf Stream before making landfall late tonight or early Friday morning in North Carolina. Mandatory evacuations have been issued for much of the SC and North Carolina coastline.

American Airlines will waive change fees for flights to Honolulu and Maui on September 12 and 13. Flights in and out of airports in and around Florence's path were delayed and canceled ahead of the storm and many people were evacuating by vehicle.