Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
Sci-tech | By Lila Blake

Tropical storm Florence could cause damage along East Coast

Tropical storm Florence could cause damage along East Coast

However, both the NHC and AccuWeather said experts expect her to gain strength this weekend and become a hurricane again as she moves over much warmer water on what's expected to be a 3,500-mile trip. Large swells were likely to start hitting the British island territory in the north Atlantic Ocean on Friday.

Gov. Roy Cooper announced the declaration in a news release Friday evening as the storm neared Bermuda.

There are dozens of different models and versions of forecast tracks that meteorologists have among their forecasting tools, and a majority still show the center of Florence staying offshore - but most track it close enough to cause some impact next week.


South Carolina's Emergency Management Division also advised coastal residents to start making contingency plans.

Effects along the East Coast could begin to be felt this weekend, the NOAA's National Hurricane Center warned.

But East Coast residents can feel reassured about one thing: More than 75 storms have passed within 200 miles of Florence's current location in the Atlantic since hurricane records began in the 1850s, and not a single one made a U.S. landfall. The storm reached major hurricane status Wednesday, peaking with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (210 kph).


Forecasters say two low pressure systems off the coast of Africa behind Florence also have high chances of developing into tropical storms.

"Since we are near the peak of hurricane season, this is a good time for everyone who lives in a hurricane-prone area to ensure they have their hurricane plan in place", hurricane specialist David Zelinsky wrote in a forecast advisory.

Florence became the first Category 4 hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season before slowing down a bit - with its maximum sustained winds decreasing to near 65 miles per hour, the NOAA reported.


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