Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
Science | By Dan Gutierrez

Florence expected to become major hurricane, risk to East Coast increasing

Florence expected to become major hurricane, risk to East Coast increasing

Swells generated by Florence are affecting Bermuda and are expected to reach portions of the U.S. East Coast.

The Atlantic storm was located 935 miles (1505 km) east-southeast of Bermuda, packing maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour (100 km per hour), the NHC said on Friday.

Late Friday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper late Friday declared a state of emergency.

The hurricane center cautions that the swells "are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions".

Forecasters in the Baltimore region say any impacts here remain unclear. Large uncertainty in model forecasts make it too soon to determine the location, magnitude and timing of the storm's impacts next week. "Florence could become a hurricane again by Sunday". Florence will remain a tropical storm/weak hurricane this weekend and because of this weaker storm and resulting southerly track, it will likely miss the trough and continue west.

On the other hand, meteorologists said Florence "may evolve into a serious direct threat" and make landfall somewhere between southern New England the Carolinas next Wednesday or Thursday, AccuWeather.com reported.

Mr Smith said that a hurricanes strongest winds lie in the storms “right forward quadrant” from its direction of movement.

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Still, this storm could take a sharp curve to the north and head out sea, we have to acknowledge that this storm may directly hit the east coast.

The National Hurricane Center has not yet issued any coastal watches or warnings as of their 5 p.m. ET advisory.

Florence is still far away, but we're keeping a close eye on this storm.

The primary simulation of the European model has demonstrated remarkable consistency with a hurricane landfall in the Mid-Atlantic on the past five runs, dating back to Tuesday night.

The NHC said Potential Tropical Cyclone Eight is becoming better organized and is expected to become a tropical depression or tropical storm later today.

As of Wednesday, the hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour, making it a Category 3 storm. The forecast track has the storm strengthening to a hurricane next week as is tracks west.

Tropical Storm Helene is in the Far Eastern Atlantic, just off the African Coast.

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