Major Hurricane Likely to Hit East Coast Late This Week

08 September, 2018, 19:43 | Author: Emilio Conner
  • Storm season peaks: Hurricane Florence still far from landfall, uncertainty remains for East Coast

A tropical storm formed in the eastern Atlantic continues to move toward the western coast of Africa.

It's still too early to know for sure, but we should all be tracking the storm carefully in the days ahead.

During an evening update from the National Hurricane Center, forecasters said the storm was expected to affect the Cabo Verde Islands Saturday night and Sunday. "Action today can avoid losses due to Florence".

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. 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.

Hurricane Florence weakened to a tropical storm this morning, but the system is expected to rebound into a major Category 3 storm it passes near Bermuda waters early next week.

Gov. Roy Cooper declared a State of Emergency on Friday as Tropical Storm Florence heads toward the East Coast in an effort to help farmers harvest and transport their crops more quickly by waiving transportation rules.

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Florence is likely to reintensify over the next few days.

Just where the storm will head is still uncertain, but computer models used by the center's specialists to forecast track indicated a USA landfall looked increasingly likely.

AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski said: 'An area of high pressure over the central Atlantic will bridge westward and join with an existing high pressure near the U.S. East coast over the next several days.

"The risk of other direct impacts associated with Florence along the U.S. East Coast next week has increased", the Center stated in its key messages. If it does brush up against the coast, Cumberland County could see winds and rain, Morrow said.

"However, there is still very large uncertainty in model forecasts of Florence's track beyond day five, making it too soon to determine the exact location, magnitude, and timing of these impacts". After passing those islands, it is expected to turn out to sea.

Florence is still far away, but we're keeping a close eye on this storm. The forecast track has the storm strengthening to a hurricane next week as is tracks west.

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