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Record seven active storms across globe

The Atlantic has become unsurprisingly active over the past few weeks in the peak of the hurricane season.

What is more unusual is the amount of storms; there are now four named storms in the Atlantic, last seen simultaneously back in 2008.

Dramatic images of Hurricane Florence as seen from space
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A dramatic image of Hurricane Florence as seen from space

In fact, across the globe, there are now seven active named storms, which equals the record.

But, there’s a 60% chance of something developing in the Gulf of Mexico, which could break that record.

Above average sea surface temperatures are one reason for the increased activity; but where are these storms and how powerful are they?



Dramatic images of Hurricane Florence as seen from space




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Hurricane Florence seen from space

Atlantic

Early on Friday, Florence is set to make landfall along the North Carolina coast as a category two hurricane.

Florence may have been downgraded recently, but she remains a huge and dangerous storm, and will bring what some are calling a “one-two punch”.

After the initial hit of hurricane force winds and a life threatening storm surge, significant rainfall is likely across a wide area for several days as she edges slowly inland.

A view of Hurricane Florence churning in the Atlantic Ocean
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Hurricane Florence is a category two storm

Catastrophic flash flooding is expected, exacerbated by the record-breaking wet summer seen across several eastern US states.

As Florence moves further inland over the weekend, she will lose her source of energy and weaken considerably, but she will still bring significant rain.

Isaac is likely to remain a strong tropical storm, reaching the Lesser Antilles on Thursday.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe, with tropical storm watches for northern parts of the Lesser Antilles.

In recent days, the track of Isaac has moved further south, avoiding the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, which were devastated by last year’s busy hurricane season.

Hurricane Helene will remain out in open water and will weaken as she moves northwards towards the Azores.

Thereafter there is some uncertainty on her path as she travels towards western Europe.

There are signs that the remnants of Helene will affect the UK and Ireland early next week, bringing a spell of strong winds and heavy rain.

Subtropical Storm Joyce was named on Wednesday and is expected to remain out in open water over the next five days before approaching the Azores.

Pacific

Super Typhoon Mangkhut is the most powerful storm across the globe at the moment and the strongest of the year so far.

It is the equivalent to a category five hurricane, bringing wind gusts close to 180mph.

It is forecast to cross over the mountainous terrain of northern Luzon in the Philippines on Friday night.

Flash flooding and mud slides are a huge concern along with the destructive winds.

A then weakening Mangkhut will head across the South China Sea, potentially impacting Hong Kong next week before reaching northern Vietnam.

Donald Trump says the White House is 'totally prepared' to provide aid when Florence hits
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Donald Trump said the White House is ‘totally prepared’ to provide aid when Florence hits

Barijat has been downgraded to a tropical depression, bringing heavy rain and strong winds to northern parts of both Vietnam and Laos.

More from Hurricane Florence

Olivia was once a major hurricane in the Pacific, but as expected she weakened while approaching Hawaii, passing as a tropical storm.

She is now clear of the islands and has been downgraded to a tropical depression, with maximum winds of 35mph.

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