Coastal communities prepare for Florence and Isaac

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Mid September is peak hurricane season and it's not unusual to have multiple storms in the ocean at the same time. "It has "Harvey" written all over it".

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hurricane Hunter aircraft is now en route to investigate the depression, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

Five in focus? Yes, that's now how many areas are being monitored across the tropics. The storm caused an estimated $125 billion of damage along the Gulf Coast.

A spokesperson for The Weather Channel said: "Confidence in the forecast across Europe next week remains low due to increased tropical Atlantic activity".

The information above is provided for guidance only and should not be used to make life or death decisions or decisions relating to property. Here's how it breaks down: Expect a breezy and mostly dry day Friday, with increasing winds up to 20mph.

Hurricane Center Florence makes landfall in N. Carolina

That doesn't make Florence any less risky, said CoreLogic meteorologist Curtis McDonald. Along the coast, large waves will accompany the surge. Florence will eventually and slowly weaken over land this weekend. "The flood waters will have no easy exit".

Storm surge is tidewater driven by high winds. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations hard or risky.

STORM SURGE: The combination of a risky storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline.

Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to produce up to 4 inches of rain, with isolated amounts up to 6 inches, across Martinique, Dominica, and Guadeloupe, especially over elevated terrain.

Meanwhile, what could be the world's most risky storm at the moment is Super Typhoon Mangkhut, which now has winds of 165 miles per hour (with 200 miles per hour gusts) and is taking aim on the Philippines, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

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