Tropical Storm Florence continues its churn toward United States coast

Tropical Storm Florence continues its churn toward United States coast

Kenneth Drake
September 10, 2018

Helene, now classified as a tropical storm, is, according to the latest NHS advisory, expected to become a hurricane soon as well.

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

"All indications are that Florence will be an extremely unsafe Category 4 hurricane while it moves over the western Atlantic toward the southeastern United States", the hurricane center said.

"However, given the uncertainty in track and intensity forecasts at those time ranges", the National Hurricane Center tweeted, "it's too soon to determine the exact timing, location, and magnitude of those impacts".

The storm was expected to cause life-threatening surf and rip currents along the USA east coast this weekend.

The storm itself, however, is not expected to make landfall until Thursday evening at the earliest, according to the latest forecast path from the NHC.

Florence was 750 miles southeast of Bermuda and moving west as of 11 a.m. Sunday.

OPCON4 status represents officials' acknowledgment that the storm poses a "possible threat", the release says.

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Governors in Virginia, North Carolina, and SC have declared states of emergency, warning residents to prepare for a risky storm.

The three tropical systems - Florence, Isaac and Helene - come right before the Atlantic hurricane season hits its peak Monday.

A BWS spokesman said: “Bermuda should remain outside the radius of tropical storm force winds and the only significant impact is expected to be rough to very rough southeasterly swells which could create hazardous rip currents, especially along the South Shore.”.

As of Sunday morning, Florence's center had maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour. The NHC has also issued an advisory for the Eastern Pacific on Tropical Storm Paul, and the Central Pacific Hurricane Center has issued advisories for Hurricane Olivia, which is moving quickly westward toward Hawaii. For now, Isaac has 50 mph winds that extend 60 miles from its center.

Over the last 24 hours, Gov. Roy Cooper and Gov. Henry McMaster declared state of emergencies for their respective states ahead of Florence.

Currently, there are no coastal warnings or watches for the storm.

The National Hurricane Center said Saturday the storm was expected to become a "major hurricane" by Tuesday as it passes between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday.