Hurricane Florence holds as a Category 3, could make two landfalls

The 5 p.m. track for Hurricane Florence. (WPEC)

Hurricane Florence could make two landfalls in both North Carolina and South Carolina.

The 5 p.m. advisory shows Hurricane Florence, a Category 3 storm, with 120 mph winds, moving northwest at 16 mph.

The National Hurricane Center says the winds decreased slightly to a Category 3 storm, but its wind field has increased. There are fluctuations expected on Thursday. The storm is expected to get stronger and become an extremely dangerous major hurricane as it gets closer to the coast.

Florence is 385 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and 420 miles east southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The storm will pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas later today and approach the coast of North Carolina or South Carolina in the hurricane warning area on Thursday and Friday. Florence will move slowly near the coastline through Saturday.

Meteorologist Lauren Olesky says there is a strong ridge of high pressure in the northern US, which is what is preventing Florence from continuing to move inland.

The ridge is so strong in fact, that it's almost pushing Florence back out to sea once it hits the NC coastline. Since the storm will still have forward motion it will then continue west, and into South Carolina.

Tropical Storm Isaac is moving west with 60 mph winds. It's speeding up. Right now it's moving west at 21 mph. The storm is forecast to move across the central Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea on Thursday. The government of France has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for St. Martin and the government of St. Maarten has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for St. Maarten.

New to the named storms is subtropical storm Joyce. It is swirling 870 miles west southwest of the Azores with 45 mph winds. It's moving toward the southwest at 6 mph. Joyce should be a tropical storm by Thursday.

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