Trio of storms churns in the Atlantic

Trio of storms churns in the Atlantic
Florence, Isaac, and Helene churn in the Atlantic Tuesday morning, September 12 (NOAA)

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Atlantic hurricane season has heated up in a hurry in early September. As of Tuesday morning, a trio of storms is churning across the Atlantic.

Hurricane Florence remained a dangerous Category 4 storm with winds of 130 mph as of 5:00 a.m. Wednesday. The storm was moving to the west-northwest at 17 mph but is expected to slow down as it approaches the Carolina coast late this week or early this weekend. The storm will likely make landfall along the Carolina coast as a major hurricane late Friday or early Saturday.

Tropical Storm Isaac continued west at 15 mph with maximum winds of 60 mph as of 5:00 a.m. Wednesday. The storm is expected to impact the windward and leeward islands on Thursday.

Hurricane Helene remains a Category 1 hurricane with maximum winds of 90 mph. The storm is moving to the north-northwest at 13 mph and is not expected to impact the United States.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic, there are two areas being watched for potential tropical development. One cluster of storms near the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico has a 70-percent chance of developing into a tropical system by Monday. It is expected to become a tropical depression Thursday or Friday as it drifts into the western Gulf of Mexico. Another area of low pressure in the North Atlantic has a 50% chance of developing into a tropical system by Monday. It is not expected to be a threat to land at this time.

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