Hurricane Helene: All you need to know about storm

2 p.m. update: Florence within 110 miles of Wilmington

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CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward said the main threat will be flooding, with predictions of 5 to 10 inches, with isolated totals of 15 inches. "These enormous waves are produced by being trapped along with very strong winds moving in the same direction as the storm's motion", the branch wrote on Twitter.

Helene had maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour and was moving north at 18 miles per hour.

The hurricane center is giving the system a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm within the next five days.

Friday's expected landfall near the NC/SC border will cause Florence to weaken as it interacts with the coast.

The official track has Florence hovering off the southern North Carolina coast from Thursday night until landfall Saturday morning or so, then veering south through SC and Georgia into Monday.

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After maintaining Category 4 or 3 status most of Wednesday, Florence was a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph churning about 205 miles southeast of Wilmington, according to a 5 a.m. briefing by the National Hurricane Center. "Catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding are likely", the Hurricane Center said.

With the ground already saturated from recent rain, another drenching from Florence combined with winds could easily lead to trees being uprooted and widespread power outages, he said.

The National Hurricane Center states that these storm surges are highly likely along portions of the coastlines of North Carolina and SC.

Meanwhile, Isaac is a tropical storm that will eventually die out as it moves closer to the Yucatán Peninsula, according to Bridges.

The NHC is estimating that as many as 20 inches of rain could fall in some places along the southern North Carolina coast while bringing in excess of 10 inches of rain in parts of SC.

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Tropical Storm Isaac has surely taken many persons on quite the rollercoaster ride.

Tropical storm force winds are in the 39-73 miles per hour range, says NOAA.

"Regardless of development, heavy rainfall and gusty winds are expected across portions of northeastern Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana on Friday and Saturday", the hurricane center said. "I love hurricanes. But this one has been an experience for me", she said.

"The thing that's interesting now is the Pacific is still active, but the Atlantic is very active, which isn't normal", Phil Klotzbach, an atmospheric science researcher at Colorado State University, told NBC News. When that pile of water hits land, it becomes a storm surge, and they can be devastating.

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