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The United Nations has declared a worldwide emergency for the “disaster of the future” as Tropical Storm Kīlauea continues to batter Hawaii and the Pacific Rim.
It’s a Category 5 storm that’s forecast to bring devastating rains, flash floods, landslides and winds of up to 65 mph.
The hurricane could also cause the deaths of up 50,000 people.
It was originally forecast to hit the U.S. mainland late Thursday, but the storm was upgraded to a Category 3.
As of Monday afternoon, Kīlasuea was at maximum sustained winds of 105 mph and was expected to bring as much as 30 inches of rain to Hawaii by Tuesday afternoon.
The storm also could make landfall along the West Coast of the U to the East Coast of Mexico, the Pacific Northwest, and Alaska, according to the National Hurricane Center.
“This storm is so powerful, it will bring the potential for catastrophic flooding,” National Hurricane Coordinator Chris Niehaus said in a statement.
“The strongest winds are expected to make landfall in the Southeast, and the strongest rainfall is expected to come to the Northeast.
The entire Southeast will experience heavy rain and strong winds with winds up to 80 mph.
Tropical Storm strength is expected in the Northeast by Tuesday morning.”
Tropical Storm Irene is forecast to make its way through the Atlantic Ocean before moving toward the U: “The current track is Irene moving east toward the United States from the west coast of Africa, and then moving northeast into the United Kingdom,” the National Weather Service said.
Irene’s strongest winds could hit the Bahamas, the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic, the Weather Service warned.
Kīlauuea’s eye will be heading toward the Pacific Ocean by Wednesday morning.
According to NOAA, the storm is expected by Tuesday night to make a maximum pass of the coast of South Carolina, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Missouri, South Carolina and South Dakota.
The Storm Prediction Center says the storm could bring up to 20 inches of rainfall in parts of the Southeast.
According for NOAA, Kílauean is expected, “to be a powerful tropical storm by the end of the week, with a sustained wind gust of 110 mph.
This will cause flash flooding and coastal erosion in the Carolinas, the Carolinias, Florida, the Florida Keys, the Gulf Coast and inland Florida.”
In other hurricane news, Hurricane Matthew is expected over the Atlantic Coast of South Africa and will dump up to 40 inches of precipitation.
Matthew’s eye is forecast over South Africa’s west coast, with winds of 65 mph and some flooding expected to be in the southern areas.
According NOAA, Matthew is a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained wind speeds of 140 mph.