Florence Strengthens Into Hurricane, Continues Moving Towards East Coast

Florence Strengthens Into Hurricane, Continues Moving Towards East Coast

Florence Strengthens Into Hurricane, Continues Moving Towards East Coast

As it slowly continues to move west, it will encounter more favorable conditions, such as a decrease in wind shear and warmer sea surface temperatures, which will lead to Florence strengthening into a hurricane Sunday, and rapid intensification Monday.

Florence turned into a hurricane Sunday morning and was swirling toward the USA for what forecasters said could be a direct hit on the Southeast toward the end of the week.

The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Centre said the storm winds have reached 75mph (120kph), which means it is now at hurricane strength.

Swells generated by Florence are affecting Bermuda and are beginning to reach portions of the U.S. East Coast.

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

Dave Loewenthal, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Wilmington office, said the storm's track is still uncertain.

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

Hurricane expert Robbie Berg said: "The risk of other direct impacts associated with Florence along the US East Coast next week has increased".

"Everyone in North Carolina needs to keep a close eye on Florence and take steps now to get ready for impacts later this week", Cooper said in a statement on Sunday.

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Florence is the first Category 4 hurricane of 2018 of the Atlantic season.

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.

SC emergency management officials said they were "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster".

The storm is moving westward at 5 miles per hour.

PETERSBURG — Hurricane Florence has formed in the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center, and will become an "extremely dangerous" major hurricane.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles.

The National Hurricane Center has high confidence that this system will strengthen rapidly Sunday and Monday, and approach the southeastern coast as a category 4 or 5 storm.

Officials along the U.S. East Coast are closely watching the storm.

It comes just weeks after Hurricane Lane brought "almost biblical rains" to the Big Island and also left parts of Oahu flooded.

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