Florence expected to become hurricane as it threatens to hit Southeast US

10 September, 2018, 00:45 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • TROPICS: Florence to become a hurricane today; TD 9 strengthening

Tropical Storm Florence, now about 765 miles from Bermuda and 1,500 miles from the East Coast, is expected to regain strength and return to hurricane status later in the day Sunday.

At 11 a.m. EDT, the Miami-based hurricane center said Florence's maximum sustained winds were estimated to be 65 miles per hour.

Even if Florence remains entirely at sea, the storm is likely to generate heavy seas and hazardous rip currents along the US this weekend, the hurricane center warned.

Officials in North Carolina are already bracing for impact.

Governors in Virginia, North Carolina, and SC have declared states of emergency, warning residents to prepare for a unsafe storm.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a State of Emergency on Friday evening, urging residents to use the weekend to prepare for the possibility of a natural disaster.

Tropical Depression Nine is expected to become Tropical Storm Isaac late Saturday.

As of Sunday morning, Florence's center had maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour.

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"While we don't yet know what the path of this storm will be, it is never too early to prepare yourself, your family, and your home".

Florence right now appears to be making a beeline for the Carolinas later this week.

Meanwhile a third tropical storm has formed in the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

North Carolina declared a state of emergency on Friday.

"However, given the uncertainty in track and intensity forecasts at those time ranges, it's too soon to determine the exact timing, location and magnitude of those impacts", the center reported.

The NHC said the vast storm had maximum sustained winds of almost 75 miles per hour (120 kph), reaching up to 125 miles from its center, as it tracked west-northwestward across the western Atlantic. These can range from high winds and storm surges in coastal Virginia to significant flooding both along the coast and in rivers and streams in the western part of the state. It is expected to regain Category 1 status Sunday, with further strengthening anticipated as Florence moves over warmer ocean waters. After passing the Cabo Verde Islands the system was not expected to pose a direct threat to land for at least several days.

The forecast cone for Hurricane Florence at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018.

"If you live anywhere along the East Coast, you want to be paying attention, because even if you (aren't at) the main landfall point, you're still likely to have impacts", including heavy rain and rip currents, she said.

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