Florence forecast to restrengthen to a major hurricane before threatening US

08 September, 2018, 19:43 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Hurricane Florence weakens but could threaten U.S. coast next week

The National Hurricane Center said early Saturday morning that the storm is located about 840 miles (1351.79 kilometres) southeast of Bermuda and is moving westward at about 9 mph (14 km/h).

Swells from Florence are forecast to begin reaching beaches locally and all along the U.S. East Coast this weekend, generating life-threatening surf and rip currents, with rough surf and large breaking waves possible by the middle of next week. Forecasts show the Carolinas most vulnerable to a direct hit, but there is still plenty of uncertainty about the exact track of the storm, and forecasters say the swath of coastline between Florida and New York City is at risk.

Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency Friday, just a day after Tropical Storm Florence was downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane.

Florence became the first major hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season this past Wednesday , reaching Category 4 status with maximum sustained winds peaking at 130 miles per hour.

"Wind shear is expected to weaken which will allow (Florence) to strengthen and move west into warmer waters which will help it develop into a hurricane", Michael Stroz, a meteorologist for the NWS in Charleston said.

But increasing wind shear off the Atlantic interfered with the storm building, weakening the beast to a tropical storm with 65mph winds on Friday. Strengthening into a tropical storm is forecast this weekend and possibly a hurricane early next week as it approaches the Lesser Antilles.




Meanwhile, a new tropical storm, "Helene," has formed in the eastern Atlantic off the western coast of Africa.

The Emergency Measures Organisation has announced that it is prepared to meet on Monday as Tropical Storm Florence gets nearer. The system is moving west-northwest at 5 miles per hour. Gradual restrengthening is forecast over the weekend, and Florence is expected to become a hurricane again by Sunday and a major hurricane early next week.

Forecasters expect the storm to bring tropical storm conditions to parts of the Cabo Verde Islands on Saturday night. Helene is expected to become more of a sea event than land event.

In the far east Atlantic, tropical depression No. 9 will soon be named Isaac.

Thought chances are set at 50 percent, the concerns are "frequent lightning strikes, brief periods of heavy rain, and gusty winds".

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