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The Latest: Isaac is the 5th hurricane of 2018 Atlantic season

The map shows the likely path of Hurricane Florence. ; 1c x 3 inches; 46.5 mm x 76 mm;

ATLANTA – The Latest on Hurricanes Florence, Isaac (all times are local):

3:00 pm

The National Hurricane Center says Isaac has become the fifth hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season.

The Miami-based center said late Sunday that Isaac was about 1305 miles (2100 kilometers) east of the Windward Islands with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 km / h). The storm was moving at 14 mph (22 kmh) and is expected to accelerate in the next 36 hours.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 km (20kilometers) of the centre and tropical storm-winds force extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km).

A westward motion is expected to continue until the end of the week, with Isaac expected to move across the lesser Antilles in the Caribbean Sea Wednesday evening or Thursday. Weakening is forecast to begin by the middle of the week.

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11 hours

Rapid intensification of Hurricane Florence could strike a direct and dangerous blow anywhere from south Carolina to the Mid-Atlantic region later this week.

Florence crossed the 74 mph threshold for a tropical storm to a hurricane Sunday morning and by the evening the winds were up to 85 mph (140 km / h) as the National Hurricane Center warned of a hurricane hunter aircraft found the storm to strengthen quickly.

From 11 a.m. EDT, Florence was centered about 685 miles (1,100 kilometers southeast of Bermuda, moving at 7 mph (11 km / h). The maximum sustained winds at 90 km / h (150 km / h). Drawing energy from the warm water, it can be a fearsome Category 4 with wind speeds of 130 km / h (209 km / h) or more by Tuesday

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