FIRST ALERT: Hurricane Florence could make landfall as a major hurricane

FIRST ALERT: Hurricane Florence could make landfall as a major hurricane
Florence likely will make landfall as a major hurricane Thursday or Thursday night somewhere between Charleston, S.C., and Norfolk, Va.

The Tropics are heating up.

Right now, there are three hurricanes in the Atlantic and one tropical wave in the Caribbean Sea.

There are three hurricanes in the Atlantic: Florence, Isaac and Helene. There also is a tropical wave in the Caribbean Sea.
There are three hurricanes in the Atlantic: Florence, Isaac and Helene. There also is a tropical wave in the Caribbean Sea. ((Source: KSLA News 12))

Right now, Hurricane Florence is the strongest hurricane and the one that needs to be watched the closest.

As of Monday evening, it was a Category 4 hurricane producing maximum sustained winds of 140 mph.

Florence could continue to strengthen over the next couple days.

Hurricane Florence Track
Hurricane Florence Track ((Source: KSLA News 12))

Florence likely will make landfall somewhere between Charleston, SC, and Norfolk, VA, as a major hurricane Thursday or Thursday night.

Florence likely will make landfall somewhere between Charleston, SC, and Norfolk, VA, as a major hurricane Thursday or Thursday night.
Florence likely will make landfall somewhere between Charleston, SC, and Norfolk, VA, as a major hurricane Thursday or Thursday night. ((Source: KSLA News 12))

Dangerous storm surge is likely along the coastlines of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. A storm surge watch likely will be issued Tuesday morning for parts of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

Damaging hurricane-force winds are likely across parts of South Carolina and North Carolina. A hurricane watch likely will be issued by Tuesday morning. Damaging winds also could spread well inland across portions of the Carolinas and Virginia.

Hurricane-force winds could develop across the North Carolina coast as early as Thursday morning.

Chance of Hurricane-Force Winds Thursday 8AM
Chance of Hurricane-Force Winds Thursday 8AM ((Source: KSLA News 12))

The potential of hurricane-force winds will continue to increase Thursday and Friday.

Chance of Hurricane-Force Winds Thursday 8PM
Chance of Hurricane-Force Winds Thursday 8PM ((Source: KSLA News 12))
Chance of Hurricane-Force Winds Friday 5PM
Chance of Hurricane-Force Winds Friday 5PM ((Source: KSLA News 12))

Even though dangerous storm surge and hurricane-force winds will be likely, heavy rain and flooding could be the main concern. As Florence makes landfall, it will start to slow down. There will be the potential for heavy rain to fall on top of heavy rain, which could lead to life-threatening flooding.

Portions of North Carolina and Virgina could see 10″-15″ of rain from Florence. A few isolated locations could see 2 feet of rain in just a couple days.

Florence Rainfall Totals
Florence Rainfall Totals ((Source: KSLA News 12))

Right now, it looks like North Carolina will feel the brunt Florence.

Meantime, Hurricane Isaac will continue to move west and could impact the Lesser Antilles Islands later this week.

Hurricane Helene likely will not impact land and will stay out to sea.

The tropical wave over the western Caribbean Seas will move northwest across the Yucatan Peninsula and into the western Gulf of Mexico over the next couple days.

There is the potential this system could develop into a tropical depression or storm by the end of the week.

This system has a 60 percent chance of formation over the next 5 days.

Regardless of development, this system still could bring heavy rain to the coasts of Texas and Louisiana.

There is a 60 percent of the tropical wave over the western Caribbean Sea will develop over the next 5 days.
There is a 60 percent of the tropical wave over the western Caribbean Sea will develop over the next 5 days. ((Source: KSLA News 12))

The First Alert Weather Team will keep you updated on all hurricane development throughout the week.

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