MIDWAY, Fl. (WTXL) -- The Tropics continue to be very active, with three named storms: Florence, Isaac, and Helene. In addition, two areas of potential development continue to persist and we can see more named storms or depressions soon.
Florence: The biggest threat to the U.S. continues to be Hurricane Florence. As of the 5:00am advisory, maximum sustained winds were at 130 mph. The storm is moving WNW at 17 mph. Landfall along either the North or South Carolina coast is likely late Thursday night into early Friday morning. Storm surge, powerful winds, and a prolonged heavy rain threat (that will last for days) continue to be the main issues that this storm poses. Several states may feel the effects from this storm. For more specifics on the threats of Florence, visit the National Hurricane Center's website at nhc.noaa.gov.
Isaac: Tropical Storm Isaac continues to push west toward the Lesser Antilles. The system has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. Tropical Storm Watches and Warnings have been placed along some of the islands there. After impact, the tropical storm will likely continue to push west, struggling to intensify due to strong upper level winds in the Caribbean. At this point in time, the U.S. does not appear to be under threat from this storm.
Helene: While it was a formidable hurricane, Helene will continue to turn and move north into the open Atlantic Ocean where it will weaken. Late this weekend, the storm may threaten the Azores as a tropical storm. As of the latest advisory, maximum sustained winds were at 90 mph.
Invest 95L: A tropical wave approaching the southern Gulf of Mexico is being designated as "Invest 95L" by the National Hurricane Center. This area of low pressure has a 50% chance of becoming a tropical depression in the next two days and a 70% chance in the next five days. If it becomes a tropical storm, the next available name is Joyce. This storm system will likely impact southeastern Texas with heavy rain being the primary impact.
Elsewhere: An area of low pressure in the open Atlantic may help spawn a new tropical or subtropical depression in the coming days. It will continue to drift in the open Atlantic and doesn't pose a threat to land at this time. It has a 40% chance of developing in two days and a 50% chance in five days.
You can catch the forecast on ABC 27 News starting at 5:00 each weekday morning, as well as ABC 27 News at Noon. First Alert Chief Meteorologist Casanova Nurse has your forecast at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, and 11:00 this evening.
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