TRACK, MODELS: 5 named storms in Atlantic? It's possible

Hurricane Florence on track toward Carolinas

By Daniel Dahm - Digital Manager

ORLANDO, Fla. - Forecasters say Hurricane Florence is expected to steadily slow as it makes its way toward the East Coast.

At 11 p.m. Wednesday, the storm was moving toward North Carolina at 17 mph.

It's a potentially catastrophic storm with maximum sustained winds near 110 mph with higher gusts.

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Florence is the most dangerous of the four systems in the Atlantic.

Tropical Storm Isaac was expected to pass south of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Cuba.

Hurricane Helene was expected to weaken over the eastern Atlantic. Forecasters also were tracking two other disturbances.

A fourth storm, Subtropical Storm Joyce, formed shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center. Joyce is currently spinning in the northern Atlantic and is expected to stay out to sea.

Meanwhile, an area of low pressure producing showers and thunderstorms near the Yucatán Peninsula has a 70 percent chance of further development over the next five days as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico.

"This system will continue to move into the western Gulf and trek toward Texas," Bridges said. "It is not expected to impact Florida."

The next named storm will be called Kirk.

If there were to be five named storms in the Atlantic at the same time, it would be the first time in recorded history.

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