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Offbeat Florence is forecast to strengthen again and threaten US East Coast next week

18:30  08 september  2018
18:30  08 september  2018 Source:   cnn.com

Florence downgraded to Category 3 hurricane

  Florence downgraded to Category 3 hurricane Hurricane Florence was downgraded to a Category 3 storm on Wednesday night but may strengthen by the weekend, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. The storm is in the middle of the Atlantic, about 1,085 miles east-northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands and about 1,235 miles east-southeast of Bermuda, with maximum sustained winds at 125 mph. Florence was a Category 4 earlier Wednesday before weakening a bit by night time. It is moving northwest at 10 mph.

Florence has weakened from a major hurricane to a tropical storm but it is forecast to strengthen again into a major hurricane and could threaten the US East Coast by next week .

Hurricane Florence has weakened to a tropical storm but will likely strengthen again into a major hurricane and could threaten the US East Coast by next week . On Wednesday, Florence became the first major hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season, with maximum sustained winds peaking at 130 mph

Tropical Storm Florence is shown in a satellite image from Saturday morning.© Provided by CNN Tropical Storm Florence is shown in a satellite image from Saturday morning.

More and more, Florence is looking like a storm that may give the US East Coast problems as a potentially major hurricane next week.

Tropical Storm Florence, currently in the Atlantic about 1,500 miles from the coast, is expected to strengthen into a hurricane by Sunday, and continue gaining power for days.

And computer models increasingly are showing it could be dangerously close to the United States late Thursday. The window for the storm to miss the US coast and turn harmlessly back to sea is closing, CNN forecasters said

Florence's lull not expected to last. Meanwhile, two more storms are gaining steam

  Florence's lull not expected to last. Meanwhile, two more storms are gaining steam MIAMI _ Florence continued to weaken overnight, but National Hurricane Center forecasters said early Friday the lull is unlikely to last: in the next four to five days the tropical storm could roar back as a major hurricane.Two faraway waves that may pose a bigger risk to South Florida are also expected to become tropical depressions over the weekend. In an early advisory, forecasters said strong wind shear had helped smother Florence Thursday. The shear is expected to peak Friday, to allow the storm, which is not likely to threaten Florida, to gradually rebuild.

HARTFORD — Hurricane Florence has weakened to a tropical storm but will likely strengthen again into a major hurricane and could threaten the US East Coast by next week . On Wednesday, Florence became the first major hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season, with maximum sustained winds peaking

(CNN) Hurricane Florence has weakened some but will likely strengthen again into a major hurricane and could threaten the US East Coast by next There are dozens of different models and versions of forecast tracks that meteorologists have among their forecasting tools, and a majority still show the

The hurricane season in the Atlantic will hit its peak Monday.© Provided by CNN The hurricane season in the Atlantic will hit its peak Monday.

"The models are ... really starting to favor a landfall around the Carolinas," though states to the north should watch as well, CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar said Saturday morning.

"If you live anywhere in this region (from the Carolinas to the Mid-Atlantic), pay very close attention to this storm."

Track the storm and compare different forecast models

North Carolina already is on alert. Gov. Roy Cooper issued a state of emergency Friday and waived certain transportation restrictions so that farmers could harvest and move crops more quickly.

Cooper also urged people to learn what evacuation routes to take, and put fuel in their vehicles in case they're ordered to leave.

Florence strengthens into a hurricane, threatens to hit Southeast US

  Florence strengthens into a hurricane, threatens to hit Southeast US Florence strengthened to a hurricane Sunday and is expected to "rapidly intensify into a major hurricane" as it continues its track toward the East Coast in the upcoming days. Florence could hit the southeastern U.S. coast late this week as a Category 3 or higher and bring upon life-threatening impacts. "There is an increasing risk of two life-threatening impacts from Florence: storm surge at the coast and freshwater flooding from a prolonged heavy rainfall event inland," the National Hurricane Center reported.

Hurricane Florence has weakened to a tropical storm but will likely strengthen again into a major hurricane and could threaten the US East Coast by next week . Florence should track south of Bermuda early next week but will be close enough to bring gusty winds and dangerous surf conditions.

(CNN) More and more, Florence is looking like a storm that may give the US East Coast problems as a potentially major hurricane next week . "While the impacts of Tropical Storm Florence to Virginia are still uncertain, forecasts increasingly expect the storm to strengthen into a major hurricane that

"Action today can avoid losses due to Florence," he said.

Why Florence is expected to strengthen

Florence already had been the first major hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season earlier this week, but wind shear weakened it to a tropical storm.

On Saturday morning, Florence's center had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph.

But the shear is abating and the storm is approaching warmer waters -- conditions that could allow Florence to become a hurricane by Sunday and a major hurricane -- meaning a Category 3 storm or greater -- by Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said.

Florence's first impact to Bermuda and the US East Coast could start this weekend with large swells, potentially causing dangerous surf conditions and rip currents.

Two other storms brewing

Behind Florence is two other storms that the National Hurricane Center is monitoring.

Tropical Depression Nine is expected to become a tropical storm later Saturday -- and a hurricane by early next week -- over the eastern tropical Atlantic. It was more than 1,700 miles from the eastern-most Caribbean islands early Saturday.

In rare event, Atlantic, Pacific churn with storms at same time

  In rare event, Atlantic, Pacific churn with storms at same time Storms in the northeast Pacific have generated the most 'accumulated cyclone energy' on record for the season thus far.As forecasters predicted an increased likelihood that Tropical Storm Florence could strengthen and strike somewhere along the East Coast, some experts said it was another symptom of a historic and unique hurricane season that could be influenced by global warming.

Hurricane Florence has weakened to a tropical storm but will likely strengthen again into a major hurricane and could threaten the US East Coast by next week . Florence should track south of Bermuda early next week but will be close enough to bring gusty winds and dangerous surf conditions.

(CNN) - Hurricane Florence has weakened to a tropical storm but will likely strengthen again into a major hurricane and could threaten the US East Coast by next week . On Wednesday, Florence became the first major hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season, with maximum sustained winds peaking

Behind it is Tropical Storm Helene, which is expected to pass close to the Cabo Verde Islands off West Africa on Saturday night and become a hurricane Sunday, the National Hurricane Center said.

Forecast models for Florence, as of 9:29 a.m. ET Saturday.© Provided by CNN Forecast models for Florence, as of 9:29 a.m. ET Saturday.

The three cyclones -- Florence, Tropical Depression Nine and Helene -- come right before the Atlantic hurricane season hits its peak Monday. The eight weeks around that date often are prime time for the conditions that fuel powerful storms.

CNN's Haley Brink, Brandon Miller and Judson Jones contributed to this report.

"Zero to crazy in no time": Storm chaser describes Florence's wrath .
Aaron Rigsby compared the storm's behavior to Hurricane Harvey, which brought catastrophic flooding to Houston last August . "The thing that's so similar about this, not necessarily the intensity, is it's behaving a lot like Hurricane Harvey last year, how it's just kind of parking here, slowly moving, dumping tremendous amounts of rain and some of these areas could see 20 to even 30 inches of rain by the time it's all said and done."Gradual weakening is forecast later today and tonight but the major concern over storm surge remains.

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