Florence becomes a hurricane, barrels toward US East Coast

Here's what David Epstein is saying about Hurricane Florence

Forecasters say Tropical Storm Florence has turned into a hurricane again and is swirling toward the U.S. East Coast for what could be a direct hit toward the end of the week.

Governors in Virginia, North Carolina and SC have all declared states of emergency over the past two days in anticipation of the storm.

On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and The Bahamas, Tuesday and Wednesday, and approach the southeastern US coast on Thursday.

Florence appeared headed for landfall on Thursday afternoon near the North Carolina-South Carolina border, according to maps of the storm's trajectory predicted by the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

As of 11 p.m. EDT, Florence was centered about 685 miles (1,100 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda, moving west at 7 mph (11 kmh). It will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Wednesday and Thursday, before approaching the southeastern US coast, the NHC said in an advisory.

Florence was producing large swells expected to reach from the northern Caribbean to the southern coasts of Canada´s Maritime provinces.

“These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip-current conditions.”. It is about 1,230 miles east of the Windward Islands, moving west at 14 mph.

Florence should be a major Category 3 hurricane later Monday morning, and a Category 4 storm, with winds of 140 miles per hour, by Tuesday.

While there is potential for tropical storm force winds in the Valley, the biggest threat by far here would be flooding.

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However, it should be noted that we are still days away from an approach to the coast and the forecast is reliant on a building ridge to the north of the storm.

It is too early to know the exact path the storm will take but it could hit land on Thursday, the centre added.

"Pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of SC and is going to go way inshore", McMaster said.

The forecast showed Isaac tracking south of Puerto Rico as it strengthened into a hurricane.

The NWS Central Pacific Hurricane Center inHonolulu issued an update on Hurricane Olivia on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018.

The main concern continues to be Florence as the hurricane will be a direct threat to the USA later this week.

The category 2 hurricane was mustering might as it traveled over warm Atlantic waters, about 625 miles southeast of Bermuda at 5.am.

Officials in North Carolina were already bracing for impact.

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