TROPICS: Helene, Florence to become hurricanes this weekend

TROPICS: Florence to become a hurricane today; TD 9 strengthening
State of emergency called in North Carolina as tropical storm Florence nears US East Coast
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10 September, 2018

The Center reports that Florence will be a risky hurricane near the United States' southeastern coast by late next week as the risk of "direct impacts continues to increase".

"This storm is too powerful and its path is too uncertain to take any chances", South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said in issuing his state's emergency declaration.

However, the NHC says that swells generated by Florence are affecting Bermuda and are beginning to reach portions of the U.S. East Coast.

"There is an increasing risk of two life-threatening impacts from Florence: storm surge from the coast and freshwater flooding from a prolonged heavy rainfall inland".

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

Florence has sustained winds of 70 mph on Sunday morning and is located 765 miles southeast of Bermuda.

Cristi Legare, who got off the boat with her family in 10-degree-weather, says Norwegian Cruise Line told her about the change at around 10 p.m. the night before it left Boston on Friday.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper waived certain transportation restrictions so that farmers could harvest and move crops more quickly.

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Ralph Northam (D) has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of possible effects of Tropical Storm Florence.

As Tropical Storm Florence heads toward the US coast, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency on Saturday.

Hurricane Florence is a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 km/h), with higher gusts.

Improving atmospheric conditions are expected to allow Florence to regain its former strength - the storm reached major hurricane status Wednesday, believed to be a Category Four hurricane, peaking with maximum sustained winds of 210km/h.

At noon today, Florence was 750 miles southeast of the island, moving west at 6mph.

Also on the move is a tropical wave that is forecast to move off the west coast of Africa on Friday.

The latest forecast models have increased the likelihood that Florence will pose a serious direct threat to part of the Eastern Seaboard this week as a potentially major hurricane.

The government of the Cabo Verde Islands has discontinued the hurricane watch and tropical storm warning for the Cabo Verde islands of Santiago, Fogo, and Brava.


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