Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

Hurricane Florence could pose East Coast threat

Hurricane Florence could pose East Coast threat

The bad news is that the storm will continue strengthen to a major Category 3 or 4 hurricane with winds of 120 to 130 miles per hour and the likelihood of a United States landfalling hurricane increases.

"Tropical Storm Florence is expected to strengthen into a hurricane again in the next 48 hours".

Over the course of the past few days, social media posts showed snapshots of forecast models showing doom and gloom forecasts of showing Florence making landfall at one spot or another.

"Little change in intensity is expected during the next day or so, but restrengthening is forecast over the weekend, " the hurricane center's advisory said. It's still possible for Florence to turn out to sea, which is the most common fate for storms in this part of the Atlantic, but the weather pattern that will eventually determine Florence's path is very complex and uncertain at this point.

Briefly a Category 4 storm Wednesday, weakening over the open Atlantic is forecast the next couple days.

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North Carolina's governor has declared a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Florence approaches the U.S. East Coast. But Southeastern North Carolina officials say now is the time to make sure your hurricane plan and supplies are up to date.

Some hurricane models indicate Hurricane Florence, the first major hurricane of the 2018 season, could pose a threat to the eastern United States coastline, including SC.

Forecasters said it was too early to tell where Florence will go. The storm is moving west at 9 miles per hour.

The National Hurricane Center warns people around the area to prepare for risky rip currents.

Tropical Storm Helene formed quickly after moving off the African coast Friday.

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The centre is keeping an eye on the system, along with two other disturbances developing off the coast of Africa.

The first major hurricane of the Atlantic season is expected to cause "life-threatening" surf and rip current conditions in Bermuda by Friday but forecasters said it was too early to say whether it would hit land.

By Monday, the storm will be passing south of Bermuda.

Damage could come from wind damage, coastal storm surge and inland flooding from torrential rainfall.

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