As of 2 p.m., the slow-moving storm barely had Category 1 hurricane strength and was nearly at a standstill over southeastern North Carolina, according to the Associated Press.
Tropical Storm Isaac was east of the Lesser Antilles and expected to pass south of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Cuba, while Hurricane Helene was moving northward away from land. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the tropical storm watch area, also beginning late this morning.
The swirl of red, yellow and green along the East Coast of the United States is Florence, a massive storm whose severity has been downgraded to Category 1 - but still packs high winds, torrential rain and storm surge.
As it stands, Florence is now a Category two hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 177 km/h.
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All eyes are on Hurricane Florence and its path toward the Carolinas, but other hurricanes and tropical storms are brewing as well. Although slow weakening is expected to begin by late Thursday, Florence is forecast to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane when it nears the US coast late Thursday and Friday.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km) from the center.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 949 mb (28.03 inches). This general motion is forecast to continue today with a decrease in forward speed as it gets over the Caribbean Sea.
The Cayman Islands National Weather Service said showers may become heavy at times, leading to possible flooding of low-lying areas. Along the coast, large waves will accompany the surge.