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"A turn toward the north and northeast with an increase in forward speed is expected during the next few days", according to the agency.

Gradual weakening is forecast during the next 72 hours. The storm, which just days earlier had been a hurricane, weakened significantly as it approached the the Lesser Antilles and passed with little notice in the USVI, stirring some winds and bringing some hit-or-miss showers to the territory but little else.

The French government has issued a hurricane watch for Guadeloupe and Martinique; Barbados has done so for Dominica and officials in Antigua and Barbuda issued a tropical storm watch for Antigua and Montserrat, the NHC said.

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Florence is now 485 miles from Wilmington, North Carolina.

The National Hurricane Center said that the storm is Category 4 in strength. Earlier forecasts showed that the storm was slated to directly hit around North and SC.

Chris Landsea, chief of the analysis and forecast branch, told the Associated Press that such waves are entirely possible within the storm, but there's also a chance "radar misinterpreted rain as an 83-foot wave".

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Isaac was moving west Wednesday afternoon at a speed of nearly 17 miles per hour.

RTE reports that the National Hurricane Centre in the United States said that the weather event will be packing wind speeds of 140km/h, but that by the time it reaches the UK and Ireland, it won't be as severe as it has been elsewhere.

Isaac was a hurricane Sunday night but downgraded when maximum sustained winds fell below 74 miles per hour. "However, upper-level winds are forecast to become a little more conducive for development, and a tropical depression could still form Thursday or Friday before the system reaches the western Gulf Coast". Regardless of whether a system forms, they say heavy rain and gusty winds are likely along the Texas and Louisiana coast later this week.

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