Strengthening Hurricane Florence blasts toward U.S. East Coast

10 September, 2018, 00:38 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
  • TROPICS: Florence to become a hurricane today; TD 9 strengthening

Forecasters say Tropical Storm Florence has turned into a hurricane again and is swirling toward the U.S. East Coast for what could be a direct hit toward the end of the week.

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

As of the 11 a.m. Saturday advisory, Florence had maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour and was moving to the west at 7 miles per hour.

The National Hurricane Center projects Hurricane Florence could become a major storm - classified as Category 3 or higher - by Monday.

At present, forecasters said that the storm is located 750 miles southeast of Bermuda, and it is forecast to move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between the Bahamas and Bermuda on September 11 and September 12 before getting close to the southeastern USA coastline.

The state of SC is preparing for some level of impact from Hurricane Florence, Gov. Henry McMaster announced Sunday.

Virginia joined North and SC in declaring a state of emergency ahead of the storm.

At the moment, swells from Florence are affecting Bermuda and parts the US East Coast.

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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued an emergency on Friday to get emergency operations rolling. The forecast track shows Florence's forecast path approaching the southeast USA coastline late next week.

Though weakened to a tropical storm, Florence was expected to regain hurricane strength as it neared Bermuda. Emergency officials have told residents to expect immediate threats of ocean swells, risky rip currents and coastal flooding.

In South Carolina on Saturday, Gov. Henry McMaster also declared a state of emergency due to the possible impacts from Florence. "Florence is forecast to become a major hurricane on Monday". Admiral Christopher Grady said ships can better weather "storms of this magnitude when they are underway".

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The latest forecast has said the storm's winds have reached nearly 75 miles per hour (120 km/h), which means it is now at hurricane-strength.

"State emergency management, transportation, health experts and others are making sure North Carolina is prepared for the storm, and I urge the public to review your emergency plans and gather your supplies now", the release quoted Cooper.

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