Ocean City Prepares for Impacts of Hurricane Florence

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At 11 a.m., the center of the system was about 190 miles east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica.

In its latest advisory, the US Hurricane Center placed Helene about 760 miles off the Azores and calculated the maximum sustained wind speed at 65mph.

"It will be historic", Baker said of the rain from Florence.

While Hurricane Florence pounds North Carolina, another tropical storm is on track to reach Britain early next week. A NOAA hurricane hunter aircraft will soon fly through the center of Isaac, and will provide a better assessment of the intensity of the tropical storm and the extent of its winds.

While a tropical storm watch is in effect for St. Kitts and Nevis, at Pond Hill, Nevis, forecaster Harry W. Hallstrom said, "Isaac is getting ripped apart with wind shear".

The National Hurricane Center said Florence's eye wall is beginning to approach the North Carolina coast, bringing with it life-threatening storm surge.

By Friday evening, Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm, its winds weakened to 70 mph (112 kph) as it moved forward at 3 mph (6 kph) about 15 miles (25 kilometers) north of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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Forecasters say the center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Wednesday, and approach the coast of the Carolinas in the hurricane warning area on Thursday and Friday.

"The rain's going to be around for a long time", he said.

Florence is projected to weaken to a Tropical Storm by early Saturday before weakening to a Tropical Depression by Sunday near northern GA.

Helene is now in the Atlantic Ocean following behind Hurricane Florence, which was expected to hit the eastern coast of the United States late Thursday or early Friday.

Meanwhile, the projections for rain are growing, adding to growing concerns about flooding across the two states: Coastal North Carolina now expects 20-30 inches, with isolated areas of 40 inches projected in SC.

President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid.

The ocean is moving inland ahead of Florence as storm surge begins to flood the Carolinas coast, according to the NHC. On Wednesday, officials said some of those shelters were at capacity, but in a statement early Thursday, county officials said they were "able to mobilize additional resources to accommodate the need for shelter space".