Tropical Storm Florence Forecast Narrows, Likely To Hit East Coast Next Week

Tropical Storm Florence Forecast Narrows, Likely To Hit East Coast Next Week

Cooper says it's "too early" to know where the storm will go, but he says residents should use the weekend to prepare for the possibility of a natural disaster.

Even if Florence avoids a direct hit on the East Coast, it will likely come very close, resulting in unsafe surf, beach erosion, and the potential for coastal flooding.

Cooper's emergency declaration makes it possible to waive the state's transportation rules so North Carolina farmers can harvest and transport their crops to market faster.

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.

The first major hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season, Florence on Wednesday afternoon had maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm reached major hurricane status Wednesday, peaking with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour. Florence is expected to begin a turn toward the west-northwest, but a strong ridge forecast to develop between Bermuda and the northeastern United States could keep Florence on a west-northwestward trajectory.

We are now in the climatological peak of hurricane season for the north Atlantic, and the ocean's temperatures have become much more conducive to storm production in recent weeks. However, environmental conditions around Florence now and over the next 24-48 hours would suggest that it remains a tropical storm/weak hurricane. The weakening trend is expected to continue for a few days, and then the storm will enter an atmospheric pattern more favorable for restrengthening.

Hurricane Olivia had maximum sustained winds of 90 mph, and was approximately 1,370 miles east of Honolulu as of 11 p.m. local time.

"It is still too early to indicate what, if any, impacts to our area Florence may bring", meteorologists at the weather service's Baltimore/Washington forecast office wrote Friday morning.

Behind Florence are two tropical waves that are given a high chance to become tropical depressions within 2 to 5 days.

As forecasters eye Florence, there was the threat of weekend rain around the Triangle.

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