ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - The tropics remain very active, as two hurricanes and one tropical storm are moving through the Atlantic.
Hurricane Florence may have slightly weakened to 130 mph, but it is forecasted to strengthen, again, through Wednesday.
Coastal residents along the Carolinas encountered empty gasoline pumps and depleted store shelves as the monster storm neared its coast with winds and drenching rain that could last for days. A hurricane warning went into effect from South Santee River in South Carolina to Duck, North Carolina. The warning also includes Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds. A storm surge warning went into effect for the same areas, as well as the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers.
As of 5 a.m. Wednesday, Florence remains a Category 4 storm and is becoming better organized after its eye wall replacement cycle on Tuesday. Warmer waters. which are about 2-3 degrees warmer than usual are also fueling the storm, says FOX 13's meteorologist Dave Osterberg.
Find out more about Hurricane Florence HERE.
TROPICAL STORM ISAAC
Tropical Storm Isaac is a little weaker this Wednesday morning and should reach the Lesser Antilles early on Thursday.
Located about 420 miles east of Martinique, Tropical Storm Isaac is moving toward the west near 17 miles per hour (mph) and this general motion is expected to continue through the weekend. Isaac is forecasted to move across the central Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea on Thursday and then move across the eastern and central Caribbean Sea through Saturday.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in their 11 a.m. advisory that Tropical Storm Isaac now has decreased maximum sustained winds of near 60 mph. Gradual weakening is forecasted during the next 72 hours.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for Martinique, Dominica, and Guadeloupe. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Antigua, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Saba and St. Eustatius.
Find out more about Tropical Storm Isaac HERE.
Hurricane Helene is continuing to weaken as it moves across the Atlantic.
Currently located about 870 miles west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands and about 1350 miles south-southwest of the Azores, Helene is moving towards the north-northwest near 14 miles per hour (mph). A turn toward the north is expected later on Wednesday. Then, a turn toward the northwest, with an increase in forward speed, is likely by the end of the week.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in their 11 a.m. advisory that maximum sustained winds are near 90 mph with higher gusts. Gradual weakening is forecasted over the next couple of days and Helene is expected to become a tropical storm on Thursday.
Find out more about Hurricane Helene HERE.
On Monday, a tropical wave of disorganized showers and storms was discovered. The wave is moving slowly toward the western Gulf of Mexico and has a 40% chance of developing into at least a Tropical Depression this week.