The Tropics are heating up.
Right now, there are three hurricanes in the Atlantic and one tropical wave in the Caribbean Sea.
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.
Florence likely will make landfall somewhere between Charleston, SC, and Norfolk, VA, as a major hurricane Thursday or Thursday night.
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.
The potential of hurricane-force winds will continue to increase Thursday and Friday.
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.
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.
The First Alert Weather Team will keep you updated on all hurricane development throughout the week.
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