Strengthening Hurricane Florence blasts toward US East Coast

10 September, 2018, 01:34 | Author: Jacqueline Daniels
  • The cyclone is bound for the US east coast

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.

A "rapid intensification" was expected to begin Sunday.

The current forecast track brings Florence on approach to the southeast us coast on Thursday as a major and powerful hurricane.

Any small change to the storm's current track could affect its path and impact, though, and it's still early, James Murrow, National Weather Service Raleigh forecaster, said in a Sunday briefing.

Risky swells generated by Florence affected Bermuda and have begun to reach parts of the Eastern Seaboard.

Bermuda and the US East Coast are beginning to see the first impacts of Florence.

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Florence is expected to strengthen to a hurricane later this morning.

Florence, which is located 810 miles west of Bermuda, is moving at 5-mph west.

As a result, states of emergency have been declared in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, due to fears over the weather conditions the storm will bring. North Carolina Highway Patrol Sgt. Chris Knox told NPR that North Carolina residents needed to prepare: "When we put those orders out, when we tell people 'this is a flood-prone area, ' that you need to find somewhere else to go, don't roll the dice".

"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.

Florence started out as a tropical storm Sunday before strengthening into a Category 1 hurricane.

Florence will become a unsafe hurricane Florence is forecast to rapidly strengthen to a major hurricane by Monday and is expected to remain an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday.

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The Miami-based centre defines a major hurricane as one with a wind speed greater than 177 km/h. For now, Isaac has 50 mph winds that extend 60 miles from its center.

Almost all of the North Carolina and SC coasts are included in the cone of uncertainty for the storm and the latest model Saturday night showed the storm making landfall in Wilmington.

Another storm, Helene, is tracking off the Cabo Verde Islands.

The coast can expect tropical storm-force winds as early as Wednesday night and likely Thursday morning, with the highest probability of winds in the Carolinas.

File photo shows hurricane Hermine that made landfall near St Marks, just south of Florida's capital Tallahassee with 80 mile (130 kilometer) per hour winds.

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