MIAMI (FOX 35 WOFL) - Hurricane Helene is moving west-northwest over the eastern Atlantic and is strengthening quickly over the tropical Atlantic. It is expected to become a major hurricane by Monday night.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says Hurricane Helene is currently located about 375 miles west of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands. It is moving at 16 miles per hour (mph), with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, making it a Category 2 hurricane. A northwestward motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected for Hurricane Helene through late Tuesday. It will then turn north-northwest on Wednesday and Thursday.
The NHC's 11 a.m. advisory says that Helene is forecasted to become a major hurricane by Monday night. Steady weakening is forecasted to begin by late Tuesday.
There are no reported coastal watches or warnings in effect.
Meanwhile, separate from Hurricane Helene, Hurricane Florence is now a category 4 hurricane and is expected to become an extremely dangerous major hurricane sometime Monday It could strike a direct and dangerous blow anywhere from the Carolinas to the Mid-Atlantic region later this week. Hurricane Isaac, the fifth-named hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, is also out there and holding steady in strength over the Central Atlantic.